‘Explosives’ hurled at singer-cum-MP Bobi Wine’s home

Ugandan musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine asked his bank to return Ksh820, 000 which, he says, was credited to his bank account by Uganda’s Parliamentary Commission without his knowledge [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Ugandan police are investigating a Tuesday morning alleged attack launched on Opposition legislators Robert Kyagulanyi, otherwise known as Bobi Wine, and Allan Ssemwanya.

The homes of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) were attacked with suspected grenades by unknown people; a few days after another Opposition lawmaker survived a similar incident.

“We have received information of explosions at the homes of Allan Ssewanya (Makindye West MP) Robert Kyagulanyi (Kyaddondo West MP). Our teams have started investigating the said incidents,” police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, told Uganda’s Daily Monitor.

According to Bobi Wine, three grenades “exploded and smashed the window of his son’s bedroom” at their Wakiso District home.

“Grenades have for the second time in two days been thrown at my house and exploded. Property damaged and no one hurt! But what kind of country are we now living in?” Bobi Wine posed in a Facebook post.

The In A De Dance hit-maker further claims he has, constantly, been receiving death threats.

“I have also been advised by some friends who know more than I know that I should be very careful what I eat or drink, how I drive and from where, whom I meet, even who touches me while I go to Parliament. Apparently something could be done to me during the kind of scuffle that happened when state agents invaded the Parliamentary chamber! Reason? Opposing the removal of age limits in the Constitution!

“Anonymous calls targeting not only me but my family as well. I have been told that ‘if I don’t leave that thing a lone, I will just be terminated or disabled,” Bobe Wine said.

Ugandan police spokesperson Asan Kasingye, however, dismissed Bobi Wine’s claims as “baseless”, given he has not formally filed a report with authorities.

“What they believe is not what is actually true. We are investigating,” Mr Kasingye said.

Kasingye asked the public not to tamper with the scene of crime so that police officers undertake a smooth investigation that will lead to unearthing the root cause.

Twenty four Opposition MPs were arrested on the orders of Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura. They were all charged with a wide range of crime including assault, malicious damage, disobeying lawful orders, inciting violence among others.

Their police bonds were cancelled on Monday and 17 of them have warrant of arrests on their heads.


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