Through his Lawyers of Wameli & Co. Advocates, Kyagulanyi says the actions of the respondents, their agents and those who acted under them are not acceptable or demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic society.
Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the National
Unity Platform-NUP president has sued government for blocking his radio talk
show in Mbale City last week. The respondents to the suit are the Attorney General, Inspector General
of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola, Elgon Region Police Commander, Wesely
Nganizi, Mbale District Police Commander,
Fred Ahimbisbwe, Mbale Resident Commissioner, Sulaiman Ogajjo Barasa.
The others are the
Officer in Charge of Mbale Central Police Station, Arafat Kato and District
Internal Security Officer, George Mwonda. The suite comes a few days after police blocked
Kyagulanyi from appearing on a weekly political talk show on the Mbale city
based BCU FM radio.
Police deployed heavily to block Kyagulanyi and his team
from accessing BCU FM premises along Naboa road on Saturday morning leading to running battles with People Power activists. Now, through his Lawyers of Wameli & Co. Advocates, Kyagulanyi
says the actions of the respondents, their agents and those who acted under
them are not acceptable or demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic
He says they infringed on his right to freedom of the press and other
media contrary to Article 29(1a), 43(2a) of the 1995 constitution. Kyagulanyi also contends that the respondents violated his
right to equity and freedom from discrimination contrary to article 21(1a) and
43(2a and c) of the constitution.
He wants the respondents to personally compensate
him for the violation of his rights, pay punitive damages for their high
handedness and fragrant breach of the law. “It is in the interest of the of protection of human rights
and the rule of law that an order of a permanent injunction does issues
restraining the respondents, their agents or persons acting under them from
further blocking me from accessing and/or speaking on any radio station in
Mbale or elsewhere,” reads the application.
Wameli told journalists shortly after filing the application
at Mbale High court that they want court to hold all those who blocked
Kyagulanyi’s radio talk show personally liable for their action.
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Eremeya Mawanda, the Mbale Chief Magistrate has August 18th,
2020 as the date of hearing the application.