Uganda popstar and also member of Ugandan Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi, 32, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested and charged over protests on Monday by Ugandan authorities.
Katongole Abdu Hakim, Wine’s managers said the charges are related to a protest against Uganda’s much maligned social media tax in July of last year. Hakim says that Wine has been remanded to Luzira prison until May 2.
However in a statement, Uganda’s Police Force said Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi was for his continous and blatant disregard for the law.
“He faces additional charges of holding an illegal assembly and procession, after he was accused of organizing his supporters to escort him along the way.”
“the police are granted powers and discretion in policing assemblies. And in all the instances above, the police had the legitimate reason to disperse rioters who did not conform with the Public Order Management Act (POMA).”
Signs of potential trouble for Wine came last Tuesday when police surrounded his home a day after canceling his nationwide shows because they said they failed to meet required safety standards.
Wine was removed from his car by police and escorted to his home while heading to a briefing he had called to address the concert cancellation and “police brutality.”
Wine, who won his parliamentary seat as an independent in 2017 and has since rallied opposition lawmakers to his side in his bid to end Museveni’s 32-year-old rule has continued to speak out against his regime.