Popstar-politician Bobi Wine returns to Uganda amid high security

Accra, Sept. 20 – (DPA/GNA) –
Popstar-turned-politician Bobi Wine returned to Uganda on Thursday after
seeking medical treatment in the United States for what he says was torture by
Ugandan security forces.

As soon as Wine landed, he was escorted
straight home, police told dpa.

“We just got him and not arrested him. We
are helping him to reach his home. That is not arrest,” deputy police
spokesman Patrick Onyango told dpa, after some local media reports said that
Wine had been re-arrested.

Authorities were taking no chances that the
popular young politician could receive a hero’s welcome, with heavy deployment
of police and elite troops on the streets and roadblocks leading to the Entebbe
airport.

Ahead of Wine’s arrival, opposition politician
Michael Mabikke said Wine’s brother Eddie Yawe had been arrested as he was
heading to the airport after being found with red clothes, which are the
opposition’s colours.

“Police have ordered that no processions
be held. All of our members have been blocked from accessing the airport,”
he said.

Vehicles moving into the international airport
area were thoroughly searched and no journalists with cameras were allowed to
pass.

On arrival Wine did not address media as
reporters had not been allowed access and was swiftly met by police.

The 36-year-old singer has been a thorn in the
side of the increasingly unpopular President Yoweri Museveni and is a favourite
of Ugandan youth.

He was arrested in the north-west of the
country last month along with 32 other people after stones from an opposition
crowd were thrown at a car in Museveni’s convoy.

Wine and several others were charged with
treason over the incident, but the popstar was granted bail to seek medical
treatment after appearing on crutches in court and barely able to speak.

Wine says he was tortured in detention, but
Museveni, Uganda’s leader for more than 30 years, dismissed the reports of
torture as “fake news.”

GNA

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