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PHOTOS: Bobi Wine Case to be Heard by Video Link; Security Tightened

Court is today expected to hear an bail application by lawyers representing jailed Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi also aka Bobi Wine.

The lawmaker  was on Monday remanded to Luzira over holding an unauthorized assembly to protest social media taxes.

While appearing before Buganda Road Court  Grade One Magistrate Esther Nahirya , Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Hajji Asuman Basalirwa unsuccessfully attempted to apply for bail as most of the sureties were not in court.

Bobi Wine’s lawyers said the sureties were blocked by security outside court. 

All roads leading to the court have been blocked by the army and police personnel.

Mutwe (C) at Buganda Road Court on Thursday 

In downtown Kampala where supporters earlier this week took the streets, the military police deployed heavily. 

Bobbi Wine was expected to appear in court today but it appears a video link to Luzira Prison is being set up for the bail application hearing.

The video conferencing system to Luzira Maximum Security Prison was recently commissioned by the judiciary.

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The facility is used for the mentioning of criminal cases before they are fixed for trial.

Hosted at the National Data Centre under the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), the high-tech court conference facilities were recently installed both in the Luzira Prison and Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala.

Officials said the facility would lower costs of prisons operations as preliminary stages of cases can be handled online.

The military personnel patrolling Kampala streets today

The judiciary said the new technology would minimize risks of transporting high profile prisoners – as such cases will be handled online in the safety of Luzira Prisons.

Kyagulanyi was arrested on Monday from Mulago Roundabout while leading a procession to CID headquarters where he was expected to record a statement.

He was rushed to Nagalama Police Station  and later produced at Buganda Road Court where he was charged with disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act.

He is being charged with four others who are currently out on bail and these are;  David Lule, Julius Katongole, Fred Nyanzi Sentamu  and Edward Sebufu alias Eddie Mutwe.

The Prosecution alleges that in July, 2018, Kyagulanyi, his co-accused and 

others at large at City Square in Kampala disobeyed sections  5 and 10  of the Public Order Management Act .

This was allegedly done by holding a public meeting without adhering to the required criteria and refusing to coordinate and cooperate with Police to ensure that all participants are unarmed and peaceful.

Kyagulanyi and  other Ugandans were opposing government’s decision  of introducing OTT tax of two hundred shillings for accessing social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

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