Detained city socialite Charles Olim alias Sipapa’s lawyers and National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine want security officers who arrested him to arraign him in the courts of law.
Sipapa’s lawyers and Bobi Wine demand Sipapa to be produced in the courts of law having now spent almost two weeks behind bars.
The music promoter was arrested with singer Record Elah Buttida, his driver Julius, and another unidentified lady on charges of theft of mobile phones, a laptop, and a power bank.
Sipapa’s co-accused were freed last week on police bond after spending a week at SID Kireka prison and told to return to court on speculated days.
Speaking in an interview on Spark TV, Sipapa’s lawyers expressed how it is unfair to detain someone for two weeks without arraigning him in court.
Bobi Wine through his Facebook page also said that Sipapa should be produced in competent court so that he answers the charges since he is entitled to a free and fair trial.
Two weeks ago, Charles Olim aka Sipapa was arrested and detained. Reports indicate that he is being held at SID Kireka, where very many of our comrades have been detained and continue to be detained and tortured.
What is unique about Sipapa is that before his arrest, he was the face of the impunity of the Museveni regime. He was the example of everything that has gone wrong in Uganda. He moved around with guns terrorizing innocent citizens with reckless abandon.
Like many others of his kind, the regime used him and his gang to harass and intimidate our supporters before, during, and after the election. He dispersed our peaceful meetings, tore our posters, and visited all manner of violence on our people.
On three occasions, they came to Kamwokya and wreaked havoc at our offices and the surrounding areas. He and his gang twice fired bullets at our gate, barely missing the comrades who man the gate. We made several reports to the police, but nothing happened. He was busy executing Museveni’s schemes and therefore had protection right from the top. But now for reasons best known to the regime, Sipapa has spent two weeks under detention.
His lawyers have been denied access to him, the same way they treat us and our supporters. With the rigged election behind him, Gen. Museveni is now willing and ready to spit out all those who accepted to be used by him. No wonder, many of them are now in the media crying foul and begging mercy from the same population they harassed and humiliated.
Sipapa is feeding on the same cup of lawlessness that he promoted and represented. On several occasions, he and his ilk defended or masterminded the illegal detention of our comrades for months or years without being produced in court. That said, I am calling for Sipapa’s production in court so that he faces his charges before a competent court. Like all citizens, he is entitled to a free and fair trial even if he rejoiced when others were unlawfully arrested and tortured. I know that if he was to be released today, he would probably do the same or worse things he did before his arrest because THEY NEVER LEARN. But our duty is to ensure that the rule of law reigns supreme and that everyone, regardless of who they are, is subjected to the law.Bobi Wine