After several weeks spent in the United States receiving medical treatment for injuries inflicted during torture by a Ugandan Special Forces Command (SFC) unit, Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) has finally arrived home, cheered by thousands of Ugandans who came out to show their support.
Bobi Wine was however briefly detained at the airport and taken to the police station near his home under military guard. His brother, Eddie Yawe, was arrested on unknown charges while on his way to Entebbe airport to pick up his family member, despite police statements the day before explicitly stating that they would allow family to receive him at the airport.
Speaking to crowds assembled near his home, Bobi thanked his supporters for never wavering throughout this long ordeal.
“It looks like the government is determined to keep us slaves in our own country. I have come to continue exactly where I stopped. I am going to fight on. I cannot be a refugee,” Bobi Wine said, as quoted by the Associated Press.
Massive crowd cheering for bobi wine as he arrived home @ his house escorted by police, he said they took his passport and didnt return that to him #uganda pic.twitter.com/p2kxaxWPdv
— simone schlindwein (@schlindweinsim) September 20, 2018
Bobi’s children had the first opportunity to greet their father since he departed for medical treatment.
Legislator @HEBobiwine received by his children at his home pic.twitter.com/mxwbX8BM2m
— Mujuni Raymond (@qataharraymond) September 20, 2018
Supporters celebrate in the streets:
#BobiWine supporters chanting #PeoplePower slogans outside Kasangati police station where the legislator is being held 📹 @bamulanzeki #Uganda #BobiWineReturns pic.twitter.com/xSFZkwm7ee
— The Observer (@observerug) September 20, 2018
Celebrations have already started at Bobi Wine's home in Magere ahead of his arrival. Video by Alex Esagala pic.twitter.com/pmE8BTVdbU
— Daily Monitor (@DailyMonitor) September 20, 2018
Before departing for Uganda from a stopover in Kenya, Bobi Wine spoke with the BBC:
Here's what Bobi Wine told the BBC before boarding a flight from Nairobi to Uganda this morning.
Follow latest updates on the BBC Africa Live page after the popstar turned MP was picked up by police at the airport –> https://t.co/KEGJ5rLIqh pic.twitter.com/YGGgp2JiYK
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 20, 2018
Unfortunately, many supporters who attempted to arrive to the airport to show support were treated brutally by the military. Some of these beatings and abuses were captured on camera. The struggle for peace continues.
This is how your government is keeping peace on return of Bobi wine @OfwonoOpondo pic.twitter.com/WtDaiRxJvo
— Wilberforce Nadiope (@wilberforceNad1) September 20, 2018