Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was on Thursday granted bail by Buganda Road Grade Magistrate’s court presided over by Esther Nahirya
Court granted Kyagulanyi a one million shillings cash bail. His three sureties, NRM MPs Gaffa Mbwatekemwa, Patrick Nsamba and former Minister Miria Matembe on the other hand were placed on a non-cash bond of Ugx. 10million shillings..
Magistrate Esther Nahirya in her ruling, said she found all the sureties substantial, contrary to the claims by State that they were unable to compel him to come back to court.
The State had claimed that one of the sureties, Hon Miria Matembe 64, of advanced age would have no ability to reign over Bobi Wine in case he chose to flout the bail terms.
Nahilya cautioned Kyagulanyi against engaging in unlawful demonstrations or else his bail will be cancelled.
Court directed the prosecution to share the evidence they intend to use in the trial of Kyagulanyi and his co-accused to their lawyers before May 23 when hearing of the case resumes.
He is charged with disobeying statutory authority. He faces trial over staging a street protest in July against a tax on social media.
Earlier Bobi Wine told court that ‘ ‘”Whatever you decide your honour, that is not my business. My business is standing for the truth. My business is standing for what is morally right…standing for what is morally beneficial to you, to me, and to those people that are persecuting me under the guise of prosecution and to all the people of Uganda. My honour, if standing for what is right, if standing for truth is going to earn me my freedom, I will thank God for it. But, your honour, if standing for what is right is going to keep me in this prison, then I will thank God even louder after all I have a lot of work to do even here in prison.”
Bobi Wine 36, who entered parliament in 2017, has emerged as a leading critic of president Museveni, has struck a chord with young Ugandans with his songs about social justice.