Uganda arrests opposition leader Bobi Wine upon return to country: Party

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The National Unity Platform leader is seen being seized by two men in a photo posted on social media by his party.

Published On 5 Oct 2023

Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine has been arrested on return to country from a trip abroad, according to his National Unity Platform.

Bobi Wine arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday morning after a tour in several countries, including South Africa.

“Our President (Bobi Wine) picked up by regime operatives as soon as he landed at the airport,” David Lewis Rubongoya, the general secretary of Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) said on X, formerly Twitter.

The post was accompanied by a photo appearing to show two men seizing him by the arms on the tarmac.

Courtesy video recorded at the time of the violent arrest of President @HEBobiwine by the regime operatives at the Entebbe Airport.

— National Unity Platform (@NUP_Ug) October 5, 2023

Wine’s supporters had planned to accompany him en masse to his home north of the capital, Kampala, to welcome him back, but police had said such gatherings were illegal.

Last month, Ugandan police announced they were banning rallies being organised by the National Unity Platform across the country because of public order issues.

Wine, a former singer whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni’s government and has faced numerous arrests and alleged human rights abuses in the past.

He made a failed bid for the presidency in 2021 against Museveni, who is serving a sixth term in power.

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