A military court in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu has withdrawn charges of the illegal possession of firearms against musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine, state-owned New Vision newspaper is reporting.
The opposition politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been in detention for more than a week.
A BBC reporter in Kampala tweeted this picture of a private television station with live coverage of Bobi Wine’s court appearance, saying that charges had been withdrawn.
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Kyagulanyi was charged in a military court in Uganda last week with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition after being arrested in the north-western town of Aruaf ollowing clashes during campaigning for a byelection.
The politician’s driver was shot dead in the violence and Kyagulanyi’s arrest sparked two days of anti-government demonstrations.
More than 80 artists, activists and politicians signed the statement condemning “the arrest, imprisonment and vicious, life-threatening physical attack by Ugandan government forces”.
As politicians and his supporters maintain that the charges are politically motivated, several demonstrations and protest actions have been organised demanding for his release.
Petitions have been signed online by national and international musicians, while several actiovists in Kenya, South Africa and other countries have demonstrated and petitioned government to release Bobi Wine.