The events that marred the Arua Municipality by election before and after are argued to be most regrettable in the history of Ugandan elections.
Members of parliament Francis Zaake and Robert Kyagulanyi who are reported to be in critical health state are among the over 30 people that were savagely arrested in Arua on 13th August 2018.
Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who is facing treason charges was on Monday granted bail by Gulu High Court that was presided over by Justice Stephen Mubiru.
Laying in excruciating pain on his sick bed at Rubaga Hospital, Kyadondo East MP Robert KYAGULANYI sentamu narrated his ordeal by security operatives on the night of 13th in Arua municipality.
"The my nose was broken. I was given four injections ,I hope they are not toxic . However I have so much pain in the back”, Kyagulanyi said.
Showing some of his physical injuries on the legs, hands and behind the ear that appear to be drying up, Bobi wine said his tormentors beat him up with a metallic object all over his body that saw him walk on crutches.
“My back bone was affected, the doctor said my discs were dislocated but assured me that something can be done”, Kyagulanyi said.
While paying a courtesy visit to the sick legislator, Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana , the Executive Director Foundation for Human Rights Initiative condemned the acts of torture by the security operatives against the members of parliament.
“Why is it that when they are being tortured , that’s when they need human rights? , We are going to expose those who inhumanely beat up these people and they will be held accountable”, Sewanyana said.
The arrest and dentition of Kyagulanyi came with protests in the different parts of the country and abroad seeking for the freedom of the then detained legislator.
Initially, Kyagulanyi was charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in a military court while the other three MPs were detained and charged with treason on August 16 along with 31 other Ugandans.
After being held under military detention for 10 days, the military court presided over by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti dropped the charges but he was immediately re-arrested by police and charged with treason.
In a statement released by President Museveni , he referred to media reports about Bobi Wine as “Fake News” adding that the Kyadondo East MP was in good health.
“I decided to check with Army doctors because, being a disciplined Army, UPDF doctors always take precautions in such situations. Bobi Wine had already been seen by doctors in Arua, Gulu and Kampala. He has no head or chest injuries or bone fractures, they informed me”, a section of the statement read.
The Arua Municipality by election is the third parliamentary by-election President Museveni’s NRM party has lost and in all the three by elections(Bugiri , Jinja and Arua), it can be argued that Kyagulanyi played a significant role.
By Patience Ndinawe