Bobi Wine arrives in the US for treatment

Ugandan pop star and MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has arrived in the US for medical treatment following accusations he was tortured and beaten while in military custody.

The former rapper was initially prevented from leaving the country but was cleared to fly out on Friday.

Bobi was re-arrested on Thursday after attempting to leave the country to seek medical attention.

The embattled law maker was finally cleared to fly out to Washington for further medical examination and treatment, after the government sent a team of nine doctors to examine him.

Bobi and 32 opposition politicians were charged with treason last week over the alleged stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy during a campaign rally.

On Monday the MP, appeared in court on crutches with his allies claiming  he was tortured by elite presidential guards during his detention in a military custody.

The army has however refuted the claims terming them as lies and baseless.

The 36-year-old musician was initially to be tried in a military court over accusations of unlawful possession of firearms but the charge was dropped. A civilian court later charged him with treason.

Bobi Wine, and the other accused, were expected to appear in court again on Thursday but the hearing has been adjourned to 1 October.

The Afrobeats star has been a thorn in the side of Mr Museveni’s government. Since his election as an MP just over a year ago, he has backed candidates in three by-elections who have beaten those from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), including in Arua.

He was also a leading campaigner against the move to scrap the presidential age limit – set at 75 – which would have locked out the 74-year-old Mr Museveni’s bid to run for a sixth term in 2021.

Wine also joined local activists in July to protest against a social media tax introduced ostensibly to boost state revenue and to end what Mr Museveni called “gossip” on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

  

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