Presidential aspirant and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been charged with intending to “alarm, annoy or ridicule” President Yoweri Museveni.
They relate to a rally [in Arua Municipality] last year when president Museveni’s convoy was allegedly stoned by opposition supporters. Bobi Wine is already facing a treason charge over the incident, and is currently out on bail.
If convicted, he, along with 35 others charged with him, could face a sentence of up to life imprisonment.
He says the charges are all politically motivated to undermine his presidential ambitions.
The charge sheet says that Bobi Wine and his co-accused “wrongfully restrained” the president by “refusing to give him right of way” when he was travelling in northern Uganda’s Arua area in August 2018 to campaign for a ruling party candidate in a by-election.
This showed “intent to alarm, annoy or ridicule” Mr Museveni, the charge sheet says.
Uganda has a poor record on freedom of expression, according to Reporters Without Borders, which says President Museveni “tolerates no criticism”.
The fresh charges against Bobi Wine come a day after the death of Ziggy Wine, a musician who was close to the opposition MP and also a staunch critic of the president.
He died of his injuries after being abducted and tortured. Police said they have begun an investigation into the death, but they allege Ziggy Wine’s family is not co-operating.