Tax Protests: Bobi Wine’s brother, bodyguard released on bail

COURT – Buganda Road Court has released Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu’s brother Sentamu Nyanzi and bodyguard Julius Walakira Katongole, alias Eddie Mutwe.

The two have spent 11 days on remand in Luzira prison.

Nyanzi, a former Kamwokya LC1 chairman, was arrested in connection to protests against the imposition of the social media and mobile money taxes.

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He was charged with disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act and consequently remanded to Luzira prison.

But on Tuesday, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Esther Nahirya granted Nyanzi a cash bail of Shs1 million and his sureties bonded at Shs10 million non-cash each.

He was charged alongside David Lule, Edward Ssebuufu and Julius Katongole, who were also granted temporary reprieve under similar terms.

The accused denied the charges as read to them before court.

MP Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, was also expected to appear before court and plead to the charges as the fifth suspect.

However, he declined but assigned his lawyer George Musisi to notify the court that he was unable show up, as he was finishing some official assignments but would report before the close of the week.

His lawyer further informed the court that their client had sought court to extend his bond.

Police dropped the request on ground that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had already sanctioned similar charges against Bobi Wine so he had to report before court.

The prosecution contends that the group was marching from downtown Kampala, before being intercepted by Police and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) enforcement officers near City Square.

Court adjourned the matter to August 24 for mention of the charges.

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