By Annette Amondi
Several celebrities from across East Africa have voiced their concern over Bobi Wine’s detention.
Celebrities like Sauti Sol, Ray C, Julie Gichuru, Robert Alai, Boniface Mwangi, Jua Cali, and many others took to social media to demand the release of Bobi Wine.\
Bobi Wine was arrested on Monday August 13th following chaos that broke out on the last day of the campaigns for Arua Municipality MP. Wine’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead by police during the chaos.
Reports that the Kyadondo East MP was severely tortured and injured have been trending on social media for the last few days.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has since refuted the allegations via social media post.
“Countrymen, Countrywomen and especially, the Bazukulu.
Greetings. Some days have gone by while what President Trump calls “fake news” generators, especially the Monitor and their TV, the NTV, have been putting it out that our grandson, the indisciplined Bobi Wine, is gravelly ill, he cannot talk etc.
They were putting it out that because of their “rough” handling of the MPs while arresting them, the Security forces could have done grievous damage to Bobi Wine.
I decided to check with Army doctors because, being a disciplined Army, UPDF doctors always take precautions in such situations. Bobi Wine had already been seen by doctors in Arua, Gulu and Kampala. He has no head or chest injuries or bone fractures, they informed me.” Read Museveni’s statement
Here are some of the celebrity reactions.
“Must happen now. EAC can’t be when we have despots using the military to fight divergent thoughts. This son of Africa did nothing wrong to deserve what he is going through. Museveni must #FreeBobiWine. We are not begging.” Wrote Robert Alai
“In our new Africa, There is no room for brutality, we cherish each other. Let us debate disagreements, not crush opponents. In our new Africa, Our young people control our future; they are Africa. Ignore or abuse them at your peril. #FreeBobiWine #FreePeterBiar #NoToViolence” wrote Julie Gichuru
Over the weekend Ugandans living on Busia border held a protest march asking president Museveni to free the young leader. Protesters blocked all roads leading into Uganda among them trucks carrying goods into Uganda.
Even Miguna Miguna joined hands with the celebrities calling for Wine’s release.