Uganda: Bobi Wine ‘escorted’ home by police upon return


Ugandan politician Bobi Wine was “escorted” home by police upon his return to the country with authorities denying the MP was arrested.

The musician turned lawmaker, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, returned to Uganda after receiving medical treatment in the US for injuries he says he sustained while being tortured by authorities. The MP was seized by security officers at Entebbe International Airport in Kampala but police later insisted he was “peacefully escorted” home in a statement.

Bobi Wine seized by security officers at airport

Bobi Wine spoke out about his arrest and detention for the first time while he was in the US. He was allowed to leave Uganda to receive medical treatment after initially being stopped at the airport earlier this month. Many speculated that Wine would not return to Uganda after receiving treatment in the US, including those who suspect Uganda authorities counted on him staying out of the country.

However, Wine was adamant that he would return to his home country and fight for the political change he says Uganda needs.

The lawmaker spoke to reporters outside of his home, following his return, the lawmaker climbed on top of a car, raising his fist into the air and vowed to fight for freedom.

“I cannot be a refugee,” he said. “No. I am Ugandan and I will stay in Uganda and I will fight for my freedom. And I will get that freedom.”

“And if I don’t get that freedom in my lifetime, at least my children or their children will get the freedom that they deserve.”

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.