Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

MP and popstar Bobi Wine back in Uganda, brothers arrested

Heavy Military and Police deployment on Entebbe Road ahead of the return of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu September 20 Heavy Military and Police deployment on Entebbe Road ahead of the return of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu September 20
Kenny Thornton | 21 September, 2018, 12:51

He faces treason charges.

Meanwhile several people including journalists have been blocked and some arrested while heading to Entebbe Airport to meet Bobi Wine.

Musician turned celebrity politician, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, has just arrived at his home in Magere, outside Kampala, nearly three hours after landing at Entebbe International Airport.

Earlier before Bobi Wine's arrival, a number of journalists, activists and others including Bobi Wine's brother Eddy Yawe and musician Nubian Li were arrested and detained at police stations in Entebbe.

To ensure their directeives were heeded to, the Police and army deployed in and around Kampala and Entebbe, including parts of Kasangati, Kamwokya and at his home in Magere.

On Thursday afternoon, two hours after Kyagulanyi's flight landed at Entebbe International Airport, it was unclear where he had been taken after police escorted him from the tarmac after he disembarked his flight.

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Authorities banned rallies to welcome Ssentamu home.

The singer, who won a national assembly seat past year, faces treason charges over his alleged role in an incident in which the president's convoy was pelted with stones. He denies wrongdoing. His next court appearance is October 1.

Since being elected to the National Assembly in 2017, 36-year-old Kyagulanyi has emerged as a spokesman for Ugandan youth and a virulent critic of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986. "Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobo Wine) for easily cooperating with law enforcement officers at Entebbe airport who provided him with a chauffeur driven vehicle, escorts and traffic clearance to Magere", Opondo said.

The singer has a big following among the poor and unemployed in urban areas. His arrest sparked riots by demonstrators demanding his release and security forces violently put down protests in the capital.

Dozens of global musicians have condemned the treatment of the singer, and the European Union parliament and some USA senators have urged Ugandan authorities to respect basic human rights.

"We are under obligation to provide security and this is what we are doing". Although he has campaigned on his record of establishing peace and stability, some worry those gains are being eroded the longer he stays in power.

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