A group of people who were arrested from the offices of the National Unity Platform (NUP) led by MP and presidential aspirant- Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine have been remanded to prison.
The group was charged with offences of disobedience of lawful orders in regard to meetings and possession of military uniforms.
Driven to court under heavy security guard, the group was presented before the Magistrates Court at City Hall before they remanded until October 23 for bail application.
They denied the charges of alleged unlawful wearing of uniforms declared to be for the exclusive use of persons performing in the armed forces of Uganda
Grade One Magistrate, Mr Valerian Tumuhimbise then saying the court will hear their applications next week
Those remanded are Ivan Ntulume, Abdul Baraza, Stephen Mutebi, Bisali Hussein, Martin Luwaga, Margaret Namuleme, Shadia Namatovu, Catherine Nabaka, Winnie Nakayiwa, Amina Nagawa, Joseph Kimbowa, Emma Muzaale, Jordan Sekyanzi, Willy Wambi, Ibra Zirinsanga, Asuman Seruwagi, Umar Albashir, Amin Sadam, Ben Sekiwa, Ali Sekyanzi, Mubiru Sadat Saddam, Musoke Steven, Nsubuga Muzafaru, Robert Serwanja Bekakampa, Bazira Kiwanuka, Fred Luwaga, Hassan Busulwa, Willy Tomusange, Katongole Sadat Kigongo Paul, Shaban Gonyi Makale, Salongo Kakonge Abdul Naser, Shafik Nsamba, Fahad Migade, Ssemakula Maamood, Moses MbabaziKawenje, Moreen Namwanje Kiggund, Lydia Bangi Agness and Ben Mukasa among others.
Prosecution alleges on October 14 at Kamwokya in Kampala District, the suspects not being persons serving in any of the armed forces of Uganda were found wearing or in possession of uniforms or dresses bearing parts, having the appearance or close resemblance of the armed forces with distinctive marks of the security forces uniforms which include peeps and berates as to lead to the belief that if it is a uniform in such a manner or circumstance as to be likely to bring contempt on that uniform.
It is alleged that the suspects were involved in a gathering in disobedience of lawful orders meant to mitigate the spread of COVID 19.
The group was arrested on October 14 during a joint security raid at NUP offices when Presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, and other party leaders were meeting youth leaders when security raided party headquarters in Kamwokya on the eve of parliamentary nominations.
Mr Kyagulanyi, who wants to contest for presidency in the February 2021 polls addressed the youth before later escaping through the backdoor.