Police say Ugandan opposition pop star can leave for US

Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine

Ugandan police detained two lawmakers, one of whom is also a pop star, at the country's sole global airport, where supporters say they were trying to seek treatment overseas for injuries suffered while being tortured by the security forces.

Police and soldiers moved through the city, particularly downtown Kamwokya, where Wine's studio is located, to quell demonstrations by his supporters, who had blocked roads in the neighborhood with rocks and tires.

ODM has condemned Ugandan authorities for blocking Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi from seeking medical attention overseas.

Mr Kyagulanyi is now admitted at Kiruddu Hospital where the police said he will be examined by government doctors.

Lawyer Asuman Basalirwa says Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was stopped while trying to board a flight at the Entebbe airport and police did not explain why.

In the tweet, Opiyo said efforts would now be made to ensure that another lawmaker, Francis Zaake, who was also blocked from flying to India for treatment on Thursday, could leave the country.

Babu told off President Museveni's administration for seeking to silence Kenyan legislators that expressed concerns over the evident mistreatment of Ugandan opposition leaders.

The two politicians are among Opposition MPs and civilians who were violently arrested for allegedly stoning President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade during chaotic campaigns in Arua on August 13.

Pockets of protests broke out in Kampala on Friday, as angry youths took to the streets to protest the MP's arrest.

The singer won a seat in parliament past year without the backing of a political party.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo dismissed the lawyer's comments last week as rubbish.

Details of his arrest by the unidentified security men have been shared by his wife Barbie Kyagulanyi on her official Facebook page.

His legal team says he suffered multiple fractures and injuries while detained following the arrest.

The two parliamentarians were among a group of five lawmakers who were detained on August 13 in Uganda's northwestern town of Arua and accused of throwing stones at a presidential convoy during the campaign for a parliamentary seat.

Museveni, who has held power since 1986, is expected to seek another term in 2021 after constitutional changes were passed past year to scrape age limits.

After his rearrest Kyagulanyi was taken to Kirrudu General Hospital, a government facility in Kampala.

"Burn marks are showing up on his body", Amsterdam said.

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