P Bobi Wine has given a written statement to the press days after his return to the country, criticising “extrajudicial killings” and calling for “those who torture and maim our citizens” to be brought to order.
He also accuses Uganda President Yoweri Museveni of “patting troops on the back” for “torturing” him and others “to near death”. He later adds “I hope you can redeem yourself”.
Uganda’s army has rejected allegations that the MP was tortured while in their custody.
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was charged with treason alongside 32 other politicians following campaign violence during a by-election in August. They deny the charges.
Bobi Wine tweeted a gruesome picture of his driver Yasin Kawuma, who he said had been shot dead by police thinking he was the MP.
Some see Bobi Wine’s popularity as sign of a generational rift between Uganda’s young population and President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.
Bobi Wine’s statement, which he shared though social media, calls for the embrace of what he terms “people power”:
People Power is every Ugandan who is interested in a better country. Many will come and claim to be leaders of People Power. Some are already using this to get money from the state and thereafter cause disruption. Ignore such people and remain focused on the cause. You shall know them by their fruits. People Power is in all of us.”
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