Bobi Wine: Uganda’s pop megastar MP ‘re-arrested at airport’

Symbol copyright AFP Image caption Bobi Wine’s supporters protested in Kampala final week

His lawyers said he have been tortured and beaten whilst in custody and will no longer walk or talk. The claims have been rejected via the federal government, including via President Museveni.

The 36-12 months-antique musician used to be first of all to be attempted in an army court over accusations of unlawful ownership of firearms but the price was dropped. A civilian courtroom later charged him with treason.

Bobi Wine, and the opposite accused, had been anticipated to seem in courtroom again on Thursday however the listening to has been adjourned to 1 October.

Who is Bobi Wine?

The Afrobeats superstar has been a thorn within the facet of Mr Museveni’s government. Seeing That his election as an MP simply over a 12 months in the past, he has sponsored candidates in three through-elections who’ve beaten the ones from the ruling Nationwide Resistance Movement (NRM), together with in Arua.

He was once additionally a leading campaigner in opposition to the transfer to scrap the presidential age prohibit – set at 75 – which would have locked out the 74-yr-vintage Mr Museveni’s bid to run for a sixth time period in 2021.

Wine additionally joined local activists in July to protest in opposition to a social media tax introduced ostensibly to boost state revenue and to end what Mr Museveni known as “gossip” on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Taxing ‘gossip’ at the internet

Critics, then again, mentioned the 200 Uganda shillings ($0.05, £0.04) daily tax was once intended to suppress dissenting voices.

The govt has when you consider that backtracked and said it’ll evaluate the tax.