IGANGA – National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi has been released on bail, three days after being arrested on his campaign trail in Luuka district.
Kyagulanyi, who is also the sitting parliamentary representative for Kyadondo East, appeared in court in Iganga district on Friday after being detained at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja district.
During his appearance at Iganga Magistrates Court, the presidential hopeful was charged with a COVID-related offence allegedly committed during his campaign trail. His wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi, sat next to him inside the courtroom.
During the session, she pulled a face mask out of her handbag and handed it to her husband, who immediately put it on.
“The offence is bailable and we have substantial sureties,” said Medard Lubega Sseggona, the head of Kyagulanyi’s legal team.
Sseggona is also the Busiro County East Member of Parliament.
At the beginning of the session, the prosecution team asked the presiding judge to relieve the intially packed courtroom of the congestion in an era requiring social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The judge then asked Kyagulanyi’s support team to reduce their numbers before they could proceed – a request they heeded.
Kyagulanyi donned a blue short-sleeved shirt and wore a stern look for most of the session, only once seen fist-bumping some members of his team inside court.
Meanwhile, there was a brief altercation just outside the courtroom involving Kyagulanyi’s legal team and security personnel after the former claimed that the Police officers had taken away their client’s clothes. Monents later, when back inside the courtroom, Sseggona reported the matter to the judge.
After the presentation of his sureties before the court and his legal team making a case for his being granted bail, Kyagulanyi was grnated bail but asked to adhere to the standard operating procedures meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as guided by the health ministry and the Electorral Commission
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