Bobi Wine cleared for treatment overseas


Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine says he has arrived in United States where he is expected to receive expert medical attention after sustaining injuries in the Arua Municipality by-election violence.

Before being arrested, Bobi Wine tweeted a gruesome picture of his driver, who he said had been shot dead by police thinking he was the MP. We will now embark on getting Hon Zaake to leave for medical treatment too. "By denying him access to medical treatment, do they need him disabled for life?"

Currently, the two legislators are at Kiruddu hospital where Police drove them on Thursday evening. "I will also tell you what I think we must do together to continue the struggle for freedom and liberty".

Mr Kyagulanyi's wife, Barbara, reported in a social media post that security forces had manhandled her husband and whisked him away from Entebbe Airport.

Supporters say he had been badly beaten and tortured while in army custody, during and after his arrest in the northwestern town of Arua earlier this month, and required medical treatment overseas. They switched off the lights in the ambulance and started battering him.

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Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said Zaake, who has not been charged with any crime, escaped police custody "and should be arrested at the earliest".

He said that should have been done at the airport on Thursday instead of delaying him for another 24 hours. "They did not take any samples or do any scans, I think all they came to do is make the President (Museveni) satisfied with his claims that the two MPs are in good condition", Mr Opiyo said.

The two parliamentarians were among a group of five lawmakers who were detained on August 13 in Uganda's northwestern town of Arua and accused of throwing stones at a presidential convoy during the campaign for a parliamentary seat.

Babu Owino who the complaint letter identified at a press conference addressed the Ugandan government and gave an ultimatum for the release of Bobi Wine.

Amsterdam, his lawyer, told Al Jazeera on Friday that Kyagulanyi said he had been tortured again while being transported from the airport to a hospital in Kampala.