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19 Sep 2018 | 08:00 AM UTC

Uganda: Opposition leader to return to Uganda September 20 /update 7

Uganda News Alert

Opposition leader Bobi Wine is set to return to Kampala on September 20 after seeking medical treatment in the US; disruptions expected at Entebbe International Airport

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/23/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kampala). COUNTRY/REGION Uganda, Kamwokya, Entebbe International Airport, Kasangati

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Event

Opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi (also known as Bobi Wine) is scheduled to arrive in Kampala on Thursday, September 20, after seeking medical treatment in the US. Bobi Wine left Uganda following his arrest and alleged torture by security forces on August 14. His arrest, detention, and initial denial of departure resulted in large protests in Kampala. More than 1000 people are anticipated to greet him at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Further gatherings and demonstrations may occur after his arrival, particularly in central Kampala, his childhood home in Kamwokya, and his current residence in Kasangati. A heightened security presence is expected at those locations and along the Kampala-Entebbe highway. Kampala police have stated that Bobi Wine does not have authority to hold a procession or assembly and have threatened to arrest anyone attempting to stage such an event.

Context

Bobi Wine, a former musician and current opposition member of parliament, was arrested on August 14 after protesters threw stones at the convoy of President Yoweri Museveni. He was charged with treason and released on bail on August 27. According to his lawyer, he was severely beaten during his arrest and while in custody, leading him to seek treatment in the US on August 31. His supporters staged several protests during his detention, leading to violent clashes with security forces and the firing of live ammunition and tear gas.

Advice

Individuals in Uganda, particularly in Kampala, are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation delays and crowded conditions at EBB, and avoid discussing sensitive political topics in public.

 

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