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Thursday 13 December 2018

Ugandan pop star taken away by police after returning from US

Bobi Wine is an opposition activist who says he was previously tortured while in detention.

File photo of Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine (STR/AP)
File photo of Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine (STR/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A lawyer for Ugandan pop star and opposition activist Bobi Wine has said his client has been put into a police van and driven away after arriving home from the United States.

Medard Sseggona said he “expected” the actions by security forces, who warned they would enforce a ban on all rallies and gatherings.

Police said they would escort Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, to his home just outside the capital, Kampala, to prevent public disturbances.

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File photo of Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine (STR/PA)

Mr Ssentamu contested that decision, saying he is a free man who should be allowed to travel anywhere he wants.

Mr Ssentamu has said he was tortured while in detention after being arrested last month for his alleged role in an incident in which the president’s convoy was pelted with stones.

Press Association

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