Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi returned from medical treatment abroad on Thursday aboard Kenyan Airways flight KQ412. Also on board was the former leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Winnie Kiiza and a British Broadcasting Corporation journalist.
Upon arrival, Kyagulanyi, 36, better known as Bobi Wine, was separated from other passengers and bundled into a police vehicle without explanation.
His wife, Barbie, said “security surrounded him and took him away”.
But Uganda’s police chief, Martin Okoth Ochola, said officers were merely providing a safe escort service.
“What we have done is to escort him from Entebbe airport to his home,” Ochola said.
Chanting pro-Bobi songs with red bandanas, the residents of Magere in Wakiso District broke into celebrations on seeing the Kyadondo East legislator.
Kyagulanyi, has emerged as one of the leading critics of President Yoweri Museveni, commanding widespread support among Uganda’s youthful, urban population, earning him the government’s ire.
He faces treason charges, alongside more than 30 others, after Museveni’s motorcade was alleged stoned by opposition supporters during a by-election in the northwestern town of Arua last month.
“To the youths and underprivileged of Uganda, this is your struggle and I am ready to take the leadership role,” said Bobi Wine.
“Uganda is ready for change and this is not the time to let down that call,” he added