Uganda's pop star turned politician Bobi Wine has been prevented from leaving the country, sparking a new round of protests in the capital Kampala. Wine was detained at Entebbe Airport Thursday along with fellow opposition lawmaker Francis Zaake. The former musician also known by his real name as Robert Kyagulanyi, is one of several people facing charges of treason for allegedly stoning President Yoweri Museveni's convoy.
He was arrested with four other lawmakers on August 13th, leading to two days of fierce anti-government protests. His arrival ten days later on crutches to a court hearing seeming to confirm claims he was beaten and tortured by security forces while in custody. Wine is now being treated at Kiruddu hospital.
But his family and his lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, say he is being held unlawfully and should be allowed to travel abroad for medical care.>> You cannot treat somebody against their consent. They are not reported anywhere to any hospital that they needed treatment. So we think what is happening is irregular, the detention of the MP's, the two MP's here is unlawful.
>> Wine has emerged quickly as a formidable threat to Museveni's 32 year rule, winning popular support through his music and strong criticism of the government.
seveni has been repeatedly accused by opponents of rights abuses. And of using security personnel to suppress opposition to his rule, charges the president denies.