“We appeal to Government to have mercy and release our son so that we give him treatment," says George William Ssemukasa, the legislator's uncle.
PIC: Bobi Wine's uncle George William Ssemukasa (left) speaking to friends and relatives outside the General Court Martial in Kampala on Thursday. (Credit: Eddie Ssejjoba)
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KAMPALA - The family of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (aka Bobi Wine) say they want him tried in a civilian court and be brought to Kampala, where they can access him and avail him treatment.
George William Ssemukasa, Kyagulanyi's uncle, said as a family, they are worried about the legislator's condition because they have not seen him since he was arrested on Monday on the last day of the campaigns in Arua Municipality.
He was speaking outside the General Court Martial in Makindye on Thursday, where relatives and friends rushed after getting information that Bobi Wine would be produced there.
They, however, retreated after the army court chairman, Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti left in a convoy -- reportedly headed for Gulu, where Kyagulanyi had been scheduled to be arraigned before the Gulu General Court Martial.
He was later charged and sent on remand.
“We appeal to Government to have mercy and release our son so that we give him treatment. We hear he has also not eaten ever since he was arrested, this will jeopardise his health,” Ssemukasa told journalists.
Bobi Wine's lawyer, Abdallah Kiwanuka, addressing journalists at the army court in Kampala. They had received information that Bobi Wine would be produced at this court. (Credit: Eddie Ssejjoba)
'Bobi Wine cannot own a gun'
Ssemukasa disputed the Police report that two sub-machine guns were recovered from Bobi Wine’s hotel room.
He said that on Sunday, the politician, who is also a musician, performed at a show in Kiboga, before boarding a flight to Arua.
“Where did he get the guns and for what purpose? It is a big lie, he is a civilian and he has never handled a gun and he cannot own one,” he explained.
Ssemukasa said it was not the first time for Bobi Wine to participate in political campaigns.
The legislators's aunt, Sarah Nalumu was also at the court.
Other people who were at the court included Makindye Mayor, Ali Mulyanyama, KCCA councilors Abdulkarim Lukoda and Henry Lubowa, and politician Saddam Gayira.