Jailed Kyadondo legislator Hon Kyagulanyi Robert aka Bobi wine has told court he is ready to face the challenges that come with standing for the truth, even if it means remaining in prison for more days.
The legislator was speaking via video conferencing from Luzira during his bail application before Buganda Road Court magistrate Esther Nahirya.
When given chance to express his views, Bobi Wine doubled down on his previous remarks in court in which he claimed he was incarcerated because of his disagreement with the NRM political leadership.
“I repeat that it’s not me on trial but this court. Whatever you decide is none of my business but my duty is to stand by the truth,” he said.
Earlier on, his 10 lawyers led by Asman Basalirwa presented three sureties who they asked court to find substantial and have him released on bail pending his trial
The sureties are former minister Miria Matembe, Hon Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (MP Kasambya county), and Hon Patrick Nsamba from Kasanda.
“Your worship we have explained the Sureties their duties and being that legislators, they have said that they are ready to execute their duties,” Basalirwa said.
He added that Bobi Wine, being a responsible citizen who has never been convicted of any criminal offence, and a representative of people of Kyadondo East, as well as the bread winner to his family composed of young children and a young wife, he would not flout bail conditions.
In response however, State Prosecutor Timothy Amerit told court that while Bobi Wine has a constitutional right to apply for bail, he doesn’t have a right to be granted bail as his counsels submitted but it depends on the discretion of court.
Amerit added that while in his last appearance in court the applicant described his trial as political persecution, the actual charge he is facing is disobedience of lawful orders which is far different from his accusations.
He further asked court to impose a cash bail to him since he is a musician, entrepreneur and a member of Parliament.
The magistrate adjourned the case for one hour to enable the trial magistrate write down her ruling on the matter.