All Eyes on Bobi Wine as MP, Lawyer Amsterdam Address International Media in Washington DC
Bobi Wine in the Limelight
Kyadondo East MP and singer Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine will today continue to enjoy world attention as he addresses international media houses in Washington DC.
This will be Bobi Wine’s first mainstream interview since the controversial August 13 violence in the West Nile Municipality of Arua on the last day of campaign rallies for a byelection to replace slain MP Col Ibrahim Abiriga.
Bobi Wine will be accompanied by his international lawyer Robert Amsterdam as he talks to the press at the National Press Club.
The live press conference will happen at 10:00 EST and 17:00 local Kampala time.
At the end of last month, Bobi Wine flew to the US for treatment.
He had been blocked a day earlier at the Entebbe International Airport as he attempted to travel.
He would later be detained at Kiruddu Hospital in the Makindye Division of Kampala where he was examined by government doctors.
On Tuesday, health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng insisted that Bobi Wine’s situation could have been handled by Ugandan doctors and hospitals which she said were “good enough”.
Bobi Wine faces treason charges for his alleged involvement in the Arua violence.
The violence started after Bobi Wine fans and supporters of now Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri Ezati reportedly attacked President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade and threw stones at his car.
Museveni’s elite Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers would later respond with live bullets and teargas.
Yasin Kawuma, Bobi Wine’s driver, was shot dead in the scuffle.
A military court had at first charged Bobi Wine with illegal possession of firearms after police claimed they had recovered guns from the singer-turned-MP’s room in Arua’s Pacific Hotel.
But the General Court Martial would later withdrawal these charges on the advice of director of public prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita.
But Bobi Wine and over 30 others – who are getting little or no attention, and have no lawyers, like the pop star does – now face treason charges and are expected back in court at the start of next month.