Ugandan Afrobeat lawmaker appears in Military Court

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Ugandan Afrobeats star and Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine, has appeared before a Military Court in the northern town of Gulu on charges of illegally possessing firearms and ammunition, his lawyers say.

Contrary to earlier reports on State media, he has not been charged with treason.

However, 32 of his colleagues and supporters have been charged with treason at a civilian court in Gulu.

Brutal assault
Wine has been brutally assaulted and is unable to walk or speak, his lawyers, Asuman Basalirwa and Medard Ssegona, said.

Journalists were not allowed into the military barracks in Gulu.

Wine has been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of firearms and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition.

He was part of a group of lawmakers and activists arrested following an attack on Monday on a vehicle in President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy in north-western Uganda.

A Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake has not appeared in court yet.

On Wednesday, pictures of him looking beaten up and wounded circulated on social media.

Sammie Idika