Bobi Wine supporters released after six months

The military court in Kampala has released on bail 18 supporters of opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, who had been arrested at an election campaign rally in December 2020.

They include Bobi Wine’s personal bodyguard Edward Sebuwufu, Eddie Mutwe, and his musician colleague Bukeni Ali known as Nubian Li.

They were part of a group of 49 people charged with possession of four rounds of ammunition. They have all now been released on bail.

Out of those arrested, 13 were granted bail in February and 18 others in late May.

They had been arrested in the Lake Victoria island district of Kalangala, during a rally at which Bobi Wine was also picked up and flown against his will to his home in Kampala in a military helicopter.

During the election campaign season and the months following the January polls, Uganda witnessed a wave of arrests and alleged kidnaps of what are believed to be hundreds of opposition supporters.

A statement presented to parliament by then Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje Odongo in April showed that the security forces were holding at least 1000 people at one point.

Families in the capital Kampala and other parts of the country continue to ask government to produce loved ones who they say were arrested by security personnel and remain unaccounted for.

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