By Keefa Nuwahereza
A journalist who was last week arrested for filming a documentary in which Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bob Wine stars was on Wednesday rearrested by police.
Moses Bwayo was rearrested together with others when he had gone to report on his bond at Kabalagala police station.
Following the re-arrest, they were whisked to Makindye Magistrates court, where they were charged with holding an illegal assembly, before they were remanded to Luzira prisons until Friday, March 6, 2020, when they will return to court for another mention of their case.
The other people who he was arrested with include: Gashumba Emmanuel, Ssenyondo Shafiq, Nakamya Maimuna, Rukundo Shafrah, Namuli Rose, Nakayiza Juliet, Angella Nabunyaand Kemirembe Niara.
Bwayo had appeared before the Grade One magistrate Okutu Jude to apply for bail but it could not be granted as the magistrate stated that he didn’t have enough time to peruse the case file.
“This case is adjourned to 6th March 2020. I have limited time to look through all the bail applications today,” Magistrate Okutu stated.
Bwayo and eight others were arrested on February 24 in Nsambya while filming a documentary for Bobi Wine. Upon arrest, Bwayo was first taken to Kabalagala police station where he was detained until February 26 when he was released on police bond.
He was ordered to return to police on March 4 which was yesterday but when he reported with his co-accused, they were shocked to be rearrested by police without any explanation.
However, Bwayo’s lawyer Caleb Alaka appealed to the trial magistrate for what he called temporary freedom, adding that his client was arrested while doing his job.
“You should have mercy on him. He has already spent two weeks in police custody. His job just like other journalists is to give people information. Let him out so he can do his job well,” Pleaded Alaka in vain.
But People Power pressure group spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi said these arrests encourage the group more and are a sign that President Museveni is scared.
“This shows how scared he is of us, imagine people who fought with guns are now scared of harmless people who are just recording music. We shall not stop,” Ssenyonyi said.
Bwayo is a journalist who was under a contract with a UK-based production company, Southern Films.
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