Outrage as Bobi Wine Barred from Seeking Treatment

Al Jazeera reports on fresh protests in Kampala after Ugandan government officials violently barred Bobi Wine from boarding a flight to seek crucial medical attention. MP Francis Zaake was also barred from going abroad for treatment, despite Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga noting to the government that both parliamentarians are “gravely ill” with “visible signs of torture and beatings.”

He was reportedly on his way to the US for treatment on his injuries from alleged torture, his lawyers said.

Wine’s detention at the hospital remains a worry for his family now, said his lawyer Robert Amsterdam.

“When the very doctors who supervised the torture are being asked to opine on his medical condition, there’s absolutely no way we or anyone competent would agree to that,” said Amsterdam.

“There’s no independent body here. These are doctors connected to Ugandan special forces. We are not going to let them near him. We know that they injected him with God knows what when he was being he was tortured before.

“Burn marks are showing up on his body. We want to get him out. We want to get him to an independent clinic for assessment.”

Kyagulanyi’s wife, Barbara, said in a Facebook post that security forces “manhandled” her husband, who “groaned in pain” as he shouted for help.

His arrest on Thursday triggered fresh protests across Kampala on Friday.

Read the full article in Al Jazeera here.