Protests have erupted in Uganda over the re-arrest of popular musician and legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, who was restricted from travelling abroad on Thursday.
Local newspaper Daily Monitor reported that police and military personnel were engaged in running battles with Bobi Wine’s supporters in Kamwokya, a suburb of the capital Kampala.
The Friday morning protests in Kamwokya, where Bobi Wine was raised and operates several businesses, were sparked by news that the 36 year old legislator had been prevented from seeking specialised medical attention abroad.
Bobi Wine sustained severe injuries during his arrest and military detention two weeks ago, where opposition supporters are alleged to have stoned the convoy of president Yoweri Museveni during campaigns in a local election in the West Nile town of Arua.
A television journalist working for local NBS television, was beaten by security operatives while covering the protests.
NBS Television (@nbstv) 31 août 2018
Bobi Wine, Zaake defy gov’t doctors
Bobi Wine, together with another legislator who was injured in the same Arua chaos, Francis Zaake are reportedly being treated at Kiruddu Hospital in the capital Kampala.
Local media is reporting that the two legislators have refused to grant permission and access to the government doctors at the hospital.
UPDATE: Bobi Wine's lawyers Asuman Basalirwa and Nicholas Opiyo are now at Kiruddu Hospital. Both Bobi and Zaake have refused to grant doctors at the hospital permission to access them. Their rooms are inaccessible to hospital staff #NTVNews https://t.co/3MaCh0unQp https://t.co/sQAWWF9Kkp— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) 31 août 2018
Any medical doctor who conducts any medical procedure on MPs Hon Zaake & Hon Bobi Wine without their consent will be violating the hypothetical oath, the Medical & Dental Practitioners Act & the Code of Ethics for Medical & Dental Practitioner & will be personally pursued pic.twitter.com/UNPTAMTYDs— Nicholas Opiyo (@nickopiyo) 30 août 2018
The government had earlier indicated that the legislators will be allowed to travel after they have been examined by government doctors to ascertain their condition.
Before their aborted missions to travel abroad for specialised treatment, both Bobi Wine and Zaake had been hospitalised at the private Lubaga Hospital in Kampala.
Bobi Wine was also attended to by government’s military doctors during the two weeks he was in the custody of the Ugandan army.
Photo Credit: Kyagulanyi Barbie Itungo