Uganda’s Bobi Wine tells of torture carried out by soldiers


Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, has taken to social media to give his account of the “torture” he received from soldiers while being detained for more than two weeks.

The popular musician and MP was arrested last month and later charged with treason after some of his supporters were allegedly involved in an attack against President Yoweri Museveni’s car, which was pelted by stones. Now, after being released on bail and allowed to leave Uganda to receive medical treatment in the US, the politician tells how he was beaten by soldiers during his detention.

Bobi Wine details ‘torture’ by soldiers

Soon after Bobi Wine’s arrest last month, his representatives claimed he had been beaten by security officers and the MP later appeared in court with the assistance of crutches.

“They beat me, punched me and kicked me with their boots. No part of my body was spared,” Wine posted in a lengthy Facebook post from the US on Monday.

“They wrapped me in a thick piece of cloth and bundled me into a vehicle. Those guys did to me unspeakable things in that vehicle! They pulled my manhood and squeezed my testicles while punching me with objects I didn’t see.”

“After some time, I could almost no longer feel the pain. I could only hear what they were doing from a far. My cries and pleas went unheeded. The things they were speaking to me all this while, I cannot reproduce here. Up to now, I cannot understand how these soldiers who I probably had never met before in person could hate me so much,” he wrote.

Wine was initially charged with carrying weapons but these charges were eventually dropped before he was charged with treason. After being granted bail last week he was re-arrested as he attempted to fly to the US for medical treatment but he was finally cleared to travel on Friday.

His arrest and reports of torture have sparked protests across Uganda and captured global attention.

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