The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party says it has been “forced” to speak out on the political tensions in Uganda over the recapturing of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, whose stage name is Bobi Wine.
Bobi Wine was recaptured at Entebbe airport on Thursday evening (August 30), when he was preparing to leave for the United States of America for medical treatment.
The musician’s elder brother said he was to go to a USA health facility for scans on a problematic hip and organs.
After his recapture, he was taken to Kiruddu General Hospital, where he remains admitted.
The legislator’s wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi, claims her husband was roughed up and tortured by Ugandan security forces after his recapture.
Bobi Wine, who was charged with treason, is currently out on bail. His release was granted by Uganda’s Gulu High Court on August 27.
And now Kenya’s ODM Party says “due to the deterioration of affairs in the country [Uganda]” it has been forced to speak out.
“For several weeks now, we have watched with concern ongoings in Uganda with regard to the arrest, torture and sham prosecutions of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known better by his stage name, Bobi Wine and his other Colleagues,” says ODM in a statement signed by party chairman John Mbadi and secretary-general Edwin Sifuna.
“We have monitored the situation quietly with the expectation that the various interventions from across the world would bring pressure to bear on the regime to do the right thing but are now forced to speak out due to the deterioration of affairs in the country.
“Uganda is a key cog in the East African Community, a key trading partner of Kenya and a country whose stability, or lack thereof, often has an impact on Kenya.
“Besides, the barely concealed tendency of its President, Yoweri Museveni, to assert political influence on its neighbours, including Kenya, makes it a country of great interest to us as a Party.
“We are saddened by the fact that even after leaving custody with injuries that needed treatment abroad, Hon Kyagulanyi was stopped from leaving Uganda, and in the most callous and inhumane manner.
“We urge all parties in Uganda to urgently embrace the values of democracy and justice, for ultimately, dictatorship in the modern world remains unsustainable. More importantly, we demand that the rights, dignity and freedom of Hon Kyagulanyi be respected by the regime. In particular he must be allowed to immediately access the medical attention he deserves on humanitarian grounds. There are no two ways about this.
“We will keep an eye on these unfolding events, as we encourage the forces of democracy and peaceful revolution to remain unwavering and firm in their resolve to make our countries more responsive to the needs of their people,” read the statement.