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Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine arrested

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has been arrested after arriving at the Entebbe International Airport as he arrived from abroad, his party officials have said.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has often had a stand-off with the government in recent years.

He is considered one of the strongest challengers to President Yoweri Museveni, 79, who has been in power in since 1986.

“The cowardly regime has arrested our President upon arrival at Entebbe Airport. We set out to receive him today, but the panicky regime security could not even allow him into immigration,” Mathias Mpuuga, leader of the National Unity Platform in the Ugandan parliament, said on his X account.

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Bobi Wine was later seen flanked Mathias Mpuuga at his home in Magere, Wakiso District moments after this morning’s incident.

His National Unity Party had been planning to hold rallies and ahead of his return, the police had said a planned procession from the airport was illegal.

Bobi Wine ran against Museveni in the last presidential election in 2021 but lost.

He rejected the results, saying there was widespread rigging and intimidation by security forces.

Uganda’s Bobi Wine ‘arrested and brutalized’


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