The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Mbale has on Wednesday August 19, adjourned the case in which Hon Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine accuses the Attorney General, the Inspector General of Police and the entire Mbale Security for unlawfully stopping him from appearing on BCU FM, to August 26.
On August 8, 2020, Bobi Wine was allegedly denied access to BCU FM by the security which was led by Hajji Suleiman Barrasa Ogajjo, the Mbale District Resident District Commissioner (RDC).
The presidential hopeful was supposed to appear on a radio talk show over his presidential bid as per the “scientific” campaigns provisions but security officials allegedly foiled the arrangement and 8 supporters of NUP were arrested that day but later released on police bond.
Speaking to a local radio station on then, Ogajjo said that Bobi Wine did not inform them as the area security about the show and thus there was no way they could allow him to appear at the radio station.
Through his lawyers Anthony Wameli and Company Advocates, Bobi Wine filled a civil suit at Mbale High Court against seven major figures; the Attorney General, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola, the Mbale RDC Suleiman Barrasa, the Mbale Regional Police Commander (RPC) Wesley Nganizi, the Mbale District Police Commander (DPC) Fred Ahimbisibwe, the Mbale District Internal Security Officer (DISO) Lt George Mwende and the OC Mbale Central Police Station Kato Arafat.
The Court, in response, wrote a Notice of Motion indicating that the case would be first heard on Wedenesday August 19, at Mbale High Court.
In his argument, Bobi Wine said that he wants the plaintiffs to explain why they denied him his Constitutional rights under article 29(a) which guarantees freedom of speech, press association and any other form of media to all Ugandans.
“I request that the people mentioned above personally appear in the honorable Court and answer to these charges,” he said.
During the hearing, a section of NUP supporters who had were given police bond, were brought to court and heard their cases re-read to them.
After the Court session, tear gas once again rocked Mbale while Bobi Wine was evacuating the City as his supporters tried following his vehicle.