Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine was arrested on Thursday as he returned home from a trip abroad, a senior party official said.
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“Our president (Bobi wine) picked up by regime agents as soon as he landed at the airport,” David Lewis Rubongoya, secretary general of Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP), said on X, formerly Twitter.
The message was accompanied by a photo appearing to show two men grabbing him by the arms on the tarmac at Entebbe International Airport.
Wine’s supporters had planned to accompany him en masse to his home north of the capital, Kampala, to welcome him back, but police had declared such gatherings illegal.
Last month, Ugandan police announced they were banning rallies organized by the National Unity Platform across the country due to law and order concerns.
Wine, a former singer whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is a prominent critic of the president Yoweri Musevenigovernment of the country and has been the subject of numerous arrests and allegations human rights abuse in the past.
He made a failed bid for the presidency in 2021 against Museveni, who is serving a sixth term in power.