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Court issues criminal summons against Bobi Wine

Some of the other suspects at court

Some of the other suspects at court

Buganda Magistrate's Road court has issued criminal summons to Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Presiding magistrate Stella Kamasanyu also issued criminal summons to David Lule after the two failed to turn up in court on Wednesday for the second time. Kyagulanyi and four others; Julius Katongole, Nyanzi Fred Ssentamu, and Edward Ssebufu aka Eddie Mutwe are charged with disobedience of statutory duty.

The suspects allegedly held a public meeting in 2018 to protest against the introduction of the mobile money and social media tax, without notifying police contrary to provisions of the Public Order Management Act.

Prosecution led by Janet Kitimbo argued that the absence of the two was stalling the trial. Kyagulanyi's lawyer, Abdallah Kiwanuka told court that the two accused were travelling from up-country and could not make it on time. 

"Our two clients have not been able to attend court because they have been traveling from a distant place but the next time and will be here to defend them." said Kiwanuka. 

Prosecution told court that they had finalized with inquiries and were ready to for disclosure. Another lawyer Nalukoola Luyimbazi hopes that prosecution would share their evidence such that they can review it before hearing of the case resumes. 

"State was previously directed to avail us with all the necessary documents and statements which they are intending to rely on in prosecuting this case. But by this morning, the same order had not been complied so in those circumstances the case could not take off. The case has been adjourned for some time till to 12th August."

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