The Uganda People’s Defense Forces has denied plans to reinstate the dropped charges against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi.
The UPDF Spokesman, Brig. Richard Karemire in a response to a report on a local television station, stated that the army court is no longer interested in the case of illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition that the youthful legislator was earlier charged with.
Last week when the Court Martial in Gulu dropped the charges against Hon Kyagulanyi, several people including Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo insisted that the charges of illegal possession of fire arms had not been dropped, but only transferred to the Gulu Chief Magistrates Court.
— Ofwono Opondo P’Odel (@OfwonoOpondo) August 23, 2018
But the army yesterday reaffirmed that they are no longer interested in Mr Bobi Wine.
“Contrary to the tag that ran during the Live@9 on NBS TV Station, this is to reaffirm that the UPDF General Court Martial will not resurrect those charges that were leveled against Hon. Kyagulanyi,” Karemire said.
The General Court Martial Chairman, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti dropped the charges on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike Chibita who reasoned that Kyagulanyi, then in the hands of the military, was supposed to be prosecuted in civil court together with his colleagues.
Kyagulanyi and other MPs were arrested by the military after the chaos on the eve of Arua municipality by elections.
Other MPs including Gerald Karuhanga of Ntungamo Municipality and Paul Mwiru of Jinja who were together with Arua Municipality MP elect, Kassiano Wadri and former MP Michael Mabikke were handed over to police and charged with treason in Gulu Chief Magistrates Court.
Another MP Francis Zaake of Mityana Municipality has however not been charged. He is nursing injuries at Rubaga hospital Kampala.