Bobi Wine 'blocked' from leaving for torture treatment

Bobi Wine, a Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition legislator, has been detained at a central authority health facility after being blocked from leaving for the US for remedy on his accidents from alleged torture, his attorneys mentioned.

Wine, whose actual identify is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, used to be stopped whilst seeking to board a flight at Entebbe airport on Thursday.

The police didn’t give a explanation why for denying him boarding, his attorney Asuman Basalirwa instructed The Related Press.

He used to be then checked right into a health facility within the capital, Kampala, in a “being concerned situation”, mentioned Basalirwa.

“The Uganda Police have violently blocked Bobi Wine from travelling outdoor of the rustic despite the court docket declining to take action when being launched on bail previous within the week,” mentioned his Ugandan attorney Nicholas Opiyo. “That is absurd to mention the least.”




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Opiyo added that police “violently kidnapped” Ssentamu and put him right into a police ambulance.

Ssentamu’s spouse, Barbara, mentioned in a Fb put up that safety forces “manhandled” her husband, who “groaned in ache” as he shouted for lend a hand.

Police didn’t right away reply to a request for remark.

The 36-year-old used to be freed on bail on Monday however confronted no trip restrictions after he and greater than 30 different legislators have been arrested over an incident during which the president’s motorcade used to be pelted with stones and Ssentamu’s driving force used to be shot useless.

A attorney for the singer referred to as the price false.

The police motion escalated a political dispute between the federal government of longtime President Yoweri Museveni and a younger technology that fears he intends to rule for existence after 32 years in energy.

Ssentamu emerged as a formidable opposition voice amongst early life annoyed by way of Museveni, particularly after the charter used to be modified ultimate 12 months to take away an age restrict at the presidency. 

The singer gained a parliament seat ultimate 12 months with out the backing of a political celebration.

Dozens of world musicians together with Chris Martin, Angelique Kidjo and Brian Eno ultimate week issued an open letter condemning the remedy of Ssentamu, who in his first public look after his arrest needed to stroll with improve and perceived to cry.

Previous on Thursday, every other legislator, Francis Zaake, used to be barred from boarding a airplane to India, with government announcing he used to be a suspect in a felony case.

Govt spokesperson Ofwono Opondo mentioned on Twitter that Zaake, who has now not been charged with any crime, escaped police custody “and will have to be arrested on the earliest”.

After the outcry over Ssentamu’s remedy on the airport, Opondo mentioned each he and Zaake can trip “after govt medical doctors have tested them to establish their clinical stipulations”.

Each males have been hospitalised with severe accidents they mentioned they sustained by the hands of safety forces all the way through detention.

The speaker of Uganda’s parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, in a letter to Museveni this week described Zaake as “gravely unwell” and mentioned Ssentamu “has visual indicators of torture and beatings”.

The federal government has denied the allegations of torture.

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