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Miguna sends message of solidarity to Bobi Wine

Exiled politician Miguna Miguna has extended sympathies to besieged Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi who is reported to have sustained serious injuries at the hands of security operatives in a military detention.

In a move that mirrors Miguna’s situation from last November, the youthful Kyagulanyi, who is best known by the moniker Bobi Wine, has been in custody at different military camps in his homeland for close to a week.

Worse, the Ugandan musician-turned-politician was detained incommunicado for half of that period.

On Thursday, Bobi Wine was charged at a military court with being in possession of illegal firearms.

President Yoweri Museveni has also accused Bobi Wine of stoning his official vehicle during the chaotic campaign period in Arua Municipality early this week.

This is what has seemingly prompted Miguna who is in exile in Canada to send a ‘solidarity’ message through opposition leader Kiiza Besigye.

The United States and United Kingdom have also called for restraint and a fair trial for Bobi Wine and all persons arrested in the election skirmishes, while demanding access to medical treatment to the detainees.

Bobi Wine, who is the Kyadondo East MP, was produced before his family, a team of Human Rights Commission officials and two of his lawyers at Makindye barracks in Kampala on Thursday.

“He is in a very bad shape, the situation is dire and worrying. I managed to see him. They said they could only allow two lawyers and family members hence I was there with his wife Barbie and brother Eddie Yawe,” lawyer Erias Lukwago explained.

“We were taken to a particular room and he was carried in by soldiers. He was in tears, he could not talk or stand, his face was swollen and he tried to explain to us with a lot of difficulty.”

The country has meanwhile witnessed pockets for protests and chaotic scenes in Kampala from mostly youth, who are demanding for Bobi Wine’s release.