#Uganda: Opposition Bobi Wine Arrested by Police

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Singer and opposition MP Bobi Wine was arrested by police on Monday, who used tear gas against his supporters and the convoy that took him to a concert site banned by the authorities, the wife said. singer, supporters and the police.

Singer and opposition MP Bobi Wine was arrested by police on Monday, who used tear gas against his supporters and the convoy that took him to a concert site banned by the authorities, the wife said. singer, supporters and the police.

“He was arrested (in the neighborhood of) Busabala, where he was supposed to talk to the media about the cancellation of his concert by the police,” Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, the singer’s wife , told AFP . “We contacted his lawyers to find out where he is being taken”.

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Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga did not want to confirm an “arrest”, but said the police “arrested him and took him by car”.

One of the organizers of the concert and supporter of Bobi Wine, Moses Mugwanya, who is on site, said that “the police entered the car in which he was, forcibly extracted him, put him in a car. police and took him away “.

“Everyone around the vehicle suffocated because of the tear gas,” he added.

Bobi Wine, Robert Kyagulanyi of his real name, had planned to give a concert in a club that belongs to him on a beach of Lake Victoria. But the authorities decided Sunday to cancel the concert, citing insufficient security measures.

On Monday, Bobi Wine attempted to go to the concert venue, which had been cordoned off by the police.

Before his arrest, Bobi Wine had indicated on his Twitter account that the police were trying to get into his car. “Tear gas fired, people beaten, many arrested,” he said.

Later, a signed message “admin” was posted on the same account, assuring the MP was “violently arrested”.

Since it emerged in 2017 as a strong opponent of 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, authorities have repeatedly barred 36-year-old Bobi Wine from performing in public.

The opposition MP was arrested and charged with treason following the stoning of Mr. Museveni’s convoy on the sidelines of a partial legislative election in Arua (north) on 14 August 2018. In the skirmishes that followed that day, there in Arua, the police opened fire and killed the driver of Bobi Wine.

AFP

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