Bobi Wine, the Ugandan legislator who has ruffled President Museveni's feathers

Lester Mason
August 19, 2018

He later posted a graphic picture of the dead man slumped in the front of a vehicle on Twitter, saying he had been killed by the police "thinking they've shot at me".

Kyagulanyi's lawyer Asuman Basalirwa claimed the 36-year-old singer who was elected to parliament last year had been badly beaten while in custody.

Kyagulanyi's family, friends and journalists who'd waited all day were denied access to the Army court proceedings. "Even if it means following a comedian, we are going to follow a comedian", Ndebesa said.

"The honourable Kyagulanyi, we have been able to see him, he's in great pain as a matter of fact - great, great pain". "Uganda is a political accident waiting to happen".

While the circumstances surrounding the arrest and subsequent charges were severely contested by many as being politically motivated, the focus has now switched to the physical state of Bobi Wine and his fellow legislator, Francis Zaake.

Running against both the ruling party and the main opposition party under Besigye, Ssentamu won his parliament seat by a landslide previous year after a campaign in which he presented himself as the voice of youth.

"You are either uninformed or you are a liar, a characteristic you so liberally apply to me", the president said to Ssentamu in a scathing letter published in local newspapers in October amid public debate over the law.

Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986, and is expected to run for office again.

Museveni, a key U.S. security ally, has been elected five times.

Parliament has nominated MPs Jovah Kamateka, Baryayanga Aja, Amule Ruth, Allan Ssewanyana, and Medard Ssegona to attend the Court Martial in Gulu on Thursday to hear the case of MPs arrested in relation to the insecurity in Arua. "The only critical thing is how he responds to the brutality of the state".

Bobi Wine, who is now detained at Makindye military barracks in the capital Kampala, can't walk on his own, can barely talk and has several wounds all over his body, according to his wife and lawyers who have been allowed to visit him.

In the poor suburb of Kamwokya in the capital, Kampala, where Ssentamu's musical journey began and he is fondly recalled as "the ghetto president", some vow to fight until he is freed.

Supporters took to the street to protest his arrest but were dispersed.

"We arrested Bobi Wine and others this morning and he is in our custody", said Emilian Kayima, Uganda's police spokesman.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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