Uganda: Bobi Wine in hading after police raid, lawyer says

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Ugandan pop star and opposition MP, Bobi Wine, is in hiding after a police raid on a hotel he was staying in before a concert, his lawyer has said.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was due to perform at a concert in Jinja, roughly 50 miles east of Kampala on Saturday night. However, police allegedly launched a raid upon the hotel Wine was staying at prior to the scheduled performance, forcing the pop star MP into hiding.

Wine forced into hiding after police raid

According to Bobi Wine’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, the singer “has been forced to seek refuge from an unlawful midnight raid by police which has seen many of his supporters and colleagues swept up and detained while others were reportedly beaten.”

The lawyer’s comments come after Wine himself posted on Twitter about the alleged raid.

“So police has raided city hotel where we were resting ahead of the show tonight, arrested many of our team members. As we speak, the police is surrounding the entire neighborhood looking for me!” he wrote on the social network.

“They have beaten some of them, arrested & dragged them onto police pick-up cars and driven them to unknown destinations for no offence whatsoever.”

In a statement, lawyer Robert Amsterdam called the raid “a clear and brazen act of targeted political repression by the Uganda authorities aimed at violating Bobi Wine’s human rights,” insisting the planned concert was legally permitted.

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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.