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Ugandan star legislator Robert Ssentamu
Kyagulanyi charged with treason

KAMPALA  Uganda (Xinhua) -- A civilian court in northern Uganda on Thursday charged Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, a musician cum lawmaker, with treason just minutes after a military court dropped charges of illegal possession of firearms.

Kyagulanyi who appeared before Yunusu Ndiwalana, Gulu Magistrate Grade One, was charged with alleged intent to harm President Yoweri Museveni in the northwestern district of Arua on Aug. 13.

“You are charged with the offense of treason. Prosecution alleges you (Kyagulanyi) together with 32 others on Aug. 13 at Arua municipality and other places within Uganda with the intent to do harm to the person of a president, unlawfully aimed and threw stones, thereby smashing the rare windscreen of the presidential car,” said Ndiwalana.

The magistrate remanded Kyagulanyi until Aug. 30 when he will reappear together with the 32 others accused, including three legislators.

The new charge came barely 30 minutes after the lawmaker known by his stage name “Bobi Wine” had been freed by the general military court martial.

During the Aug. 13 arrest carried out by the military, one person was shot dead and several others were injured. Later there were reports that the arrested legislators were brutally tortured by the military.

In the Thursday court session, Magistrate Ndiwalana, following an application by the defense counsel, ruled that Kyagulanyi be allowed to access a private doctor due to his deteriorating health condition.

The Ugandan capital Kampala was on Aug. 20 rocked with riots over Kyagulanyi’s arrest and alleged torture. One person died and 173 others were arrested by the police.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Ugandan military to punish soldiers who beat up journalists covering riots

KAMPALA  Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military said Tuesday it will punish the soldiers who roughed up journalists covering riots in capital Kampala on Monday that left one dead.

Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi has ordered the arrest of the indisciplined officers, army spokesperson Richard Karemire said in a statement.

“The UPDF (Uganda People’s Defense Forces) wishes to express its displeasure over such behavior by those individuals, and as a result, the CDF has ordered their arrest and punishment,” the statement said.

During Monday’s fracas, dozens of people were arrested while one person was confirmed dead.

According to the local media, soldiers and policemen fired teargas shells and shots in the air to disperse people protesting the arrest of opposition legislators following an attack on President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy on Aug. 13.

Security forces blamed opposition supporters returning from a political rally for the attack in the town of Arua in the northwest.

             

 

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