Freedom at last – that is what Bobi Wine’s elder brother, Fred Ssentamu Nyanzi, and his bouncer Eddie Mutwe have been granted after spending over a week in jail for holding a demonstration against the infamous taxes social media usage and mobile money transactions.
On 11th July 2018, a team led by Kyadondo East constituency Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine, flocked the streets in Kampala in protest against the newly imposed OTT and mobile money taxes.
They were joined by other celebrities, media personalities, political figures, friends and fans who felt the need to rally behind their leaders for a common cause. Police managed to arrest a few of the protesters and among them was Bobi Wine’s elder brother commonly known as Chairman Nyanzi, and his longtime bodyguard Eddie Mutwe.
The two, plus David Lule Ssebufu a.k.a Selector Davie and Julius Katongole, were sent to Luzira prison, on charges of inciting violence and unlawful assembly, where they have been for over ten days.
They were however granted a Shs 1m cash and Shs 10m non-cash bail today at Buganda Road court by Grade One magistrate Esther Nahirya until 24th August when their cases will come up for mention.
The taxes on social media and mobile money are still being debated by the parliamentarians despite a general disapproval by the public.