Uganda’s pop star MP ‘taken away’ by security officers

His American lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, said on Twitter that his client had “again been unlawfully detained” upon arrival in Uganda. Uganda’s police chief, Martin Okoth Ochola, insisted that Kyagulanyi “is not under arrest”.

“What we have done is to escort him from Entebbe airport to his home,” he said

“We are under obligation to provide security and this is what we are doing.”

Since entering parliament last year Kyagulanyi has emerged as a leading critic of Museveni, a 74-year-old former rebel leader in charge since 1986. Security was tight with riot police and soldiers deployed at the airport and in the capital, Kampala, 40 kilometres (25 miles) away, after police outlawed any welcome processions or gatherings.

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