Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Uganda bars journalists from covering Bobi Wine's return

Ugandan MP Bobi Wine aborad a Kenya Airways flight to Entebbe airport Ugandan MP Bobi Wine aborad a Kenya Airways flight to Entebbe airport
Bennie Garza | 21 September, 2018, 12:50

Ugandan security forces swiftly took pop star and opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine into custody when he arrived from the United States on Thursday, further angering supporters who have protested his alleged torture by security forces and a treason charge.

As soon as he landed, security forces promptly chauffeured him away.

"After landing at Entebbe, security surrounded him and took him away".

Police escorted him there from the airport - a move which he said was against his wishes. Police detained the singer' s brother and at least two other people who were driving to the airport, without explanation, lawyer Asuman Basalirwa said. Bobi Wine wrote on social media also adding that none of his family members will pick him but he will instead find them home.

Kyagulanyi's case sparked protests in Uganda's capital Kampala and drew global condemnation from the government's major backers including the European Union and the U.S. The Pentagon has donated equipment and weapons to the unit of the Ugandan military accused by Kyagulanyi of torturing him. "Robert Kyagulanyi for easily cooperating with law enforcement officers at Entebbe airport, who provided him with a chauffeur driven vehicle, escorts and traffic clearance to Magere", Ofwono Opondo said. "He (Bobi) is heading home".

Those who dared them were either arrested or beaten, and forced to retreat.

Earlier, several Ugandan journalists from different media houses were blocked from accessing airport.

He said in a statement: "Today, Thursday, September 20, 2018, Hon".

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.

The 36-year-old MP stood and won as an independent candidate in a by-election last year in Kyadondo East, central Uganda.

Three-quarters of Uganda's population is under the age of 35 and Bobi Wine told the BBC he has come home to lead a people-power revolution.

But a police official said he was being escorted to his home and was not under arrest. The government denies that he was mistreated.

Some of them sang altered renditions of a popular pro-Milton Obote song, substituting the name of the former two-time Uganda President, who died in 2005, with that of Mr Wine.

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