Museveni: I Won’t Forgive Bobi Wine and Kassiano Wadri
Museveni Refuses to Drop Charges against Bobi Wine
Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has said his government will not drop charges against Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, Arua Municipality MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, and other legislators and former people’s representatives for attacking his motorcade in Monday night chaos in West Nile.
Bobi Wine and over 30 others were arrested in Arua Monday evening following a scuffle between their supporters and officers from police and the elite Special Forces Command (SFC).
Wadri-Bobi Wine supporters had reportedly pelted stones at President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade, hitting his luggage car.
On Thursday, Gulu Magistrate’s Court remanded Wadri and MPs Paul Mwiru of Jinja East Municipality, Arua Municipality MP-elect Wadri and Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga over charges of treason, relating to the Arua election violence.
They will return to court on August 30.
Later in the day, Bobi Wine appeared before the General Court Martial sitting at Gulu Military Barracks before being airlifted to Makindye Military Barracks.
He is expected back in court on August 23.
Museveni on Forgiving Bobi Wine and Kassiano Wadri
On Thursday, singer Jose Chameleone and Museveni’s ally Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone asked the president to forgive Bobi Wine.
But in a statement issued on election results from Arua’s Wednesday election, Museveni said the cases against Bobi Wine and his co-accused would not be dropped.
“The cases of terrorism, damaging property, manslaughter etc against the Hons: Wadri, Bobi Wine, etc will continue,” said Museveni.
“Their actions led to the death of a Ugandan, injury of a number of others and damage to property, so the allegations go.”
Museveni also said that leaders “including the NRM members, should never encourage their supporters to violate the law, let alone themselves violating the law.”
Museveni on Violent Processions
Museveni also banned processions in congested townships.
He explained how his processions are run.
“Processions through populated centres without co-ordination with the Police should never happen. I never organize processions. I always drive to and from the rally site in my convoy. Sometimes, only the boda boda riders join me,” said the president.
“The convoy moves fairly fast to the rally site and from the rally site, never touching the passers-by, the property of the people or the convoys of the other candidates.”
Museveni told Bobi Wine and members of the opposition to pick a leaf from a 2016 incident in which his convoy met that his former prime minister Amama Mbabazi, who was a presidential candidate, at Naguru.
“In the elections of 2016, my convoy to Nambole met the one of Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi around the Naguru area. We just waved at one another and that was all,” recalled Museveni.
The president once again warned of the dangers of politics of violence and intimidation.
“Why should a Ugandan be beaten, intimidated or have his property or life destroyed on account of politics? With uncontrolled violence in elections, many voters will fear to go for voting. This will mean the disenfranchisement of Ugandans,” predicted Museveni.
‘Why, then, did the Ugandans shed their blood? It was in order for them to run their country through fair and free elections. I will defend that right today and tomorrow as I did in the past.”