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Bobi Wine charged with assaulting soldier

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th February 2010 03:00 AM

LOCAL musician Bobi Wine was yesterday charged with assaulting a UPDF soldier during a music concert in Makindye, a Kampala city suburb.

LOCAL musician Bobi Wine was yesterday charged with assaulting a UPDF soldier during a music concert in Makindye, a Kampala city suburb.

By Charles Ariko

LOCAL musician Bobi Wine was yesterday charged with assaulting a UPDF soldier during a music concert in Makindye, a Kampala city suburb.

Bobi Wine reportedly assaulted Mohammed Wasswa on January 30 at CHOGM Bar in Wabigalo parish.

Wasswa is a military escort to the Makindye Division Resident District Commissioner, Kayondo Mulowooza.

The incident reportedly occurred after the soldier asked Bobi Wine to formally recognise Mulowooza, the President’s representative in the division.

The singer is said to have retorted that he could not greet ‘a mere RDC’ when he is the “Ghetto President.”

But sources close to Mulowooza said the clash took place backstage after the soldier tried to stop some unidentified people in Bobi Wine’s group from smoking marijuana. Bobi Wine is the lead artist in the Kamwokya-based Fire Base Crew.

Appearing before Maxencia Namagembe, the Makindye Court magistrate, Bobi Wine denied the assault charges.
The court was jammed with noisy musicians who accompanied Bobi Wine. They included Jose Chameleone, Mega Dee and Haruna Mubiru. Bobi Wine’s wife Barbara Itungo also attended.

The singer was granted a cash bail of sh200,000 and his sureties, Silver Kyagulanyi and his sister Catherine Namuddu, were bonded at the same amount.

After his release, Bobi Wine went to the cells to greet the inmates and put up a shadow-boxing show as the inmates cheered him on. “Bonga mwaana,” they shouted.
“I did not fight anybody. I’m an artiste, but they have brought me here. I don’t know these things of courts,” he told journalists.

Businesses around the court came to a standstill as the music fans in the neighborhood crowded the premises to see the local musicians.

“Today, I have seen all of them during daylight,” one excited woman shouted as she pranced around the musicians.

Bobi Wine charged with assaulting soldier

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