Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) is spearheading efforts to secure the release from jail of his former political opponent, Apollo Kantinti.
Kantinti, who was defeated in the 2017 Kyadondo East by-election by Bobi Wine, is languishing in Luzira Prison over unpaid debts.
He was last week committed to jail by the Kampala High Court after he failed to pay back a Shs 260million loan which he acquired from Standard Chartered Bank, back in 2016.
Bobi Wine, who was recently awarded an International Humanitarian Award in the United States, yesterday described Kantinti current situation as “unfortunate” and promised to help out.
“We are reaching out to his family, friends and well-wishers to see how we can be helpful to secure his freedom,” Bobi Wine said.
“Since I am away, I have requested my legal team to get in touch with his legal team and establish the facts, see how we can be of help, and also deliver my contribution to them.”
He added, “Challenges of this nature can happen to all of us, and it is prudent to always stand with each other in times of need.”
Kantinti in June 2016 is said to have borrowed Shs 300million from the bank which he was supposed to pay back in 50 instalments over a period of four years, with a 25% interest.
In 2017 however, he started defaulting on his monthly payments which compelled the bank to rush to court.
In May this year, High Court Deputy registrar in charge of executions Flavia Nabakooba, issued a warrant of arrest for the former MP.
Last week on June 27th he was arrested and brought to court, which committed him to jail.
“You are hereby required to take and receive the said Apollo Kantinti into prison and keep him imprisoned for a period of six months or until the said judgement creditors sooner be fully satisfied” the court registrar directed Luzira Prison