Bobi Wine arrested on arrival in Uganda from U.S., police deny claim

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 20, 2018

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, had sought treatment in the U.S. for injuries allegedly sustained during torture by members of the presidential guard, which Uganda's government denies. He says he was ruthlessly tortured by Ugandan soldiers who kicked him, punched him, pulled his ears with pliers, hit his ankles with pistol butts, beat him in his genitals and did "unspeakable" things to him. "There will be no rallies", the statement issued by police spokesperson Emilian Kayima read in part.

Kyagulanyi's case sparked protests in Uganda's capital Kampala and drew worldwide 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. Police had said he would be escorted to his home to avoid public disturbances.

Kampala police confirmed that two of his brothers were among more than a dozen people detained attempting to get to the airport to welcome Wine. "He (Bobi) is heading home". Armoured personnel carriers and police vehicles lined the highway. Uganda's national police chief, Okoth Ochola, said the police were merely "escorting and providing security" for Mr. Kyagulanyi.

"Entebbe Airport Police has delivered Kyagulanyi safely in his home at Magere, Wakiso District".

Social media users accused the government of taking draconian methods to keep citizens and opposition politicians at bay.

"We wish to thank him for cooperating with the police at Entebbe International Airport who provided him with transport, escort and a lead vehicle to his home". They detained journalists, prevented opposition politicians from leaving their homes, and cleared oppositionsupporters from the streets, sometimes brutally beating and kicking them.

According to Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, Bobi Wine was safely delivered at his home by police.

With journalists denied access to the airport, it remained unclear what transpired on the tarmac, from where the legislator was picked by security forces.

Meanwhile, at the legislator's home, it was all celebrations.

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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