Uganda: 3 lawmakers charged with treason after president’s car stoned

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Three lawmakers in Uganda have been charged with treason after opposition supporters stoned the car of President Yoweri Museveni.

Five MPs were arrested by security officers during a rally on Monday as Uganda geared up for by-elections. President Museveni was travelling to campaign for a ruling party candidate when his car was attacked and pelted by stones, smashing the rear windscreen.

3 lawmakers charged with treason

Three of the five lawmakers arrested on Monday – including Kassiano Wadri, an independent who won the by-election – appeared in court in Thursday in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu. They were charged with treason over their suspected roles in the attack on President Museveni’s car earlier in the week.

A magistrate told the MPs they could not enter their pleas as treason offences can only be heard in a higher court. The magistrate ordered that the trio be detained until August 30.

MP and former singer Robert Kyagulanyi, who is also known as  Bobi Wine, was not among those charged with treason on Thursday. On Wednesday, Uganda’s deputy prime minister said Kyagulanyi will be charged in military court after he was found to be in possession of two firearms.

Kyagulanyi’s wife insists the lawmaker doesn’t know how to operate a firearm while security officials have been accused of torturing the MP and his fellow politicians.

Featured image: By Chatham House – Yoweri Museveni, President, Uganda, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26223687

 

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.