Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Uganda’s youthful MP Bobi Wine has thanked the mammoth crowd that turned out to welcome him and spat fire on the police that virtually « kidnapped » him.
Upon landing at Entebbe airport today afternoon, I was immediately arrested by people in police uniform and others in civilian attire.
“They grabbed me from the tarmac, took away my walking stick and grabbed my red beret off my head! I was forced into a waiting police vehicle,” he wrote on his Facebook page Thursday night.
But “I was overwhelmed by the masses of people who waited for me at our home in Magere. I can’t thank you enough! I am thankful to God for getting me home safe,” part of Bobi Wine’s statement reads.
Media reports said Friday that Uganda police arrested several people including journalists while a popular politician Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was barred from stepping out of their homes on suspicion that they would cause chaos in the city as Bobi Wine returned home Thursday.
“Once again my rights were grossly violated, but most importantly the rights of my friends, family, and lawyers who endured gross harassment throughout the day. Many of them were arrested and only released late in the evening,” Bobi Wine said.
Ahead of his return, he and the Ugandan government had traded accusations of plans to attack each other as the musician turn lawmaker returned home from the US on Thursday.
Bobi Wine ran to the US for medical treatment early this month after he was apparently tortured while in jail in the aftermath of a chain of events against alleged vote rigging that culminated in a stone-throwing incident against a presidential convoy that landed him in jail.
At the threshold of returning home, he told the Washington Post that Uganda has never been so close to freedom than now and vowed to pursue his struggle apparently to oust incumbent President Yoweri Museveni,74, who has fidgetted the constitution to allow him another mandate after ruling the country since 1986.
© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)