Let Bobi Wine fly to the USA for treatment, ODM tells Museveni
Kenya’s main opposition party has waded into the stand-off between the Ugandan government and youthful lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi better known as Bobi Wine.
On Friday, Orange Democratic Movement’s secretary General Edwin Sifuna and chairman John Mbadi released a statement asking President Yoweri Museveni’s regime to allow Bobi Wine travel to the USA for specialized treatment because ‘dictatorship is unsustainable’.
“We urge all parties in Uganda to urgently embrace the values of democracy and justice, for ultimately dictatorship in the modern world remains unsustainable,” said Sifuna.
“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.”
Bobi Wine and fellow lawmaker Francis Zzake were on Thursday night denied permission to fly out of the country to seek treatment for injuries they suffered while under state detention.
The security operatives reportedly pounced on the two lawmakers, hauling them into ambulances and delivering them at a public health facility against their wish.
“He told me that as soon as they closed the ambulance doors, he was again brutally beaten in front of a government doctor. They switched off the lights in the ambulance and started battering him. Bobi is now back in pain and he is dumped at Kirudu hospital. He has missed his flight and time is running out,” the politician’s wife Barbie posted on Facebook.
Bobi Wine is facing treason charges in relation to an incident in which President Museveni’s motorcade was stoned during a campaign rally in Arua Municipality.
The politician-turned-musician on his part has accused the government of attempting to assassinate him after his driver was shot dead.