Uganda’s pop star politician vows to fight on

Charlene Craig
September 22, 2018

Security agencies had received intelligence of "countrywide mobilisation" to welcome him at the Entebbe International Airport, police said.

Although reports indicate that the two are being held at Kisubi Police Station, this Website could not readily confirm this with Police.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, had sought treatment in the US for injuries allegedly sustained during torture after arrest last month by members of the presidential guard, which Uganda's government denies.

Uganda's security forces sealed off roads and erected barricades around the country's main global airport on Thursday, ahead of the expected return of a popular lawmaker and critic of President Yoweri Museveni, witnesses said.

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Robert Sempala, the national co-ordinator for Human Rights Network for Journalists, says: "Many journalists covering the return of the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi have been arrested and their gadgets and work IDs among others confiscated".

Journalists were barred from accessing the airport and although police had yesterday announced that only his immediate family members would be allowed to receive him, Bobi Wine's brother Eddie Yawe and singing partner Nubian Lee who had gone to pick the legislator were arrested.

The lawmaker, who has pleaded not guilty to treason charges, said he was beaten with an iron bar in detention in northern Uganda.

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Police also surrounded the home of Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, and he was unable to leave, said another of the singer's lawyers, opposition legislator Medard Sseggona.

Kyagulanyi has become an opposition firebrand, commanding widespread support among Uganda's youthful, urban population, earning him the government's ire.

Museveni, a key United States ally on regional security, took power by force and has since been elected five times. His arrest last month sparked riots by demonstrators demanding his release and security forces violently put down protests in the capital.

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