Video: Heavy Security Presence after Bullets, Tear Gas Were Fired to Disperse Kamwokya Protesters Demanding Bobi Wine Release
Protests Break Out in Kamwokya Where Bobi Wine Grew Up
Police in Kampala Thursday afternoon fired tear gas and bullets to disperse crowds that protested the continued detention of Kyadondo East MP and singer Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Although he officially stays in Magere village of Wakiso district, Bobi Wine grew up in the ghettos of Kamwokya.
It is this ghetto in which protests demanding his release started since his arrest and detention on Monday night.
Chaos broke out in Arua on Monday after suspected Bobi Wine fans and supporters of now Arua Municipality MP-elect Kassiano Wadri Ezati reportedly attacked President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade, and threw stones at his luggage car.
Police and the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers responded by firing tear gas and live bullets, killing Yasin Kawuma, Bobi Wine’s driver, who was in the singer-turned-MP’s car.
Bobi Wine has since been detained.
On Wednesday, deputy prime minister, also deputy leader of government business in parliament, Gen Moses Ali, told the house that Bobi Wine had become sick while in detention.
Gen Ali said Bobi Wine would appear in the Court Martial sitting at Gulu but he did not.
On Wednesday police claimed guns had been recovered from the MP’s Pacific Hotel room and charged him with treason, illegal possession of fire arms and damaging of property.
His co-accused Wadri, MPs Gerald Karuhanga of Ntungamo Municipality and Paul Mwiru of Jinja East Municipality, as well as about 30 others appeared before a Gulu Magistrate’s Court and were remanded until August 30.
It was not clear if Bobi Wine was still detained at Gulu Military barracks or if he was in hospital.
There has been speculation over his health after photos of a tortured Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi emerged online.
The singer’s wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi, has tasked government to produce her husband dead or alive — and so did Kamwokya residents today.
After dispersing the crowds in Kamwokya, there was more police deployment to avoid re-occurrence.