KAMPALA, 17 June 2021 – Eighteen opposition supporters have been released on bail by a military court in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
The 18 were arrested last December during a campaign rally they had organized for singer turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine.
They were part of a group of 49 people charged with illegal possession of weapons and ammunition.
Thirteen of the 49 were granted bail last February and 18 others won their bail applications late last May.
Among the 18 are Bobi Wine’s personal bodyguard Edward Sebuwufu, Eddie Mutwe, and one of his fellow musician Bukeni Ali also known as Nubian Li.
The suspects were arrested in the Lake Victoria island district of Kalangala at a rally during which Bobi Wine was also arrested and flown back in a military helicopter, against his will, to his home in Kampala.
Hundreds of Ugandan supporters of the opposition were arrested and detained during the campaigns ahead of the presidential elections last January.
An official account presented last April to parliament admitted that security forces detained up to 100 pro-opposition supporters and sympathizers at some point.
Media outlets in Kampala continue to chronicle appeals by families in Kampala and other parts of the country who continue to ask the government of President Yoweri Museveni to produce loved ones whom they claimed were arrested and disappeared.