Ugandan police on Thursday night forcefully ejected Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulani aka Bobi Wine from a plane and arrested at the Entebbe international airport.
Bobi and another legislator Francis Zaake were held as they were trying to leave the country to seek treatment in America following the injuries they suffered while being tortured by the security forces.
Allegations that Kyagulanyi and Zaake were tortured triggered widespread protests in Kampala and other parts of the country.
Bobi Wine in particular has emerged as a formidable threat to Museveni’s 32-year rule, winning popular support through his music and strong criticism of the government.
In the days after the lawmakers were detained, allied politicians and relatives said the two were tortured and both needed to be taken outside the country for specialised medical care.
Wine who has been charged with treason alongside several others for his role in the stoning incident, used crutches in court appearances.
He was transported in an ambulance at times. His supporters say he was beaten with a metal bar while in detention.
Zaake has not been charged but has been at a hospital in Kampala, with images of him posted on social media showing him lying on a bed, eyes closed, with multiple bruises on his hand and other body areas.
President Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986, is reportedly afraid that Western Countries might be financing Bobi Wine to start a revolt against his rule and has repeatedly been accused by his opponents of rights abuses and widespread use of security personnel to suppress opposition to his rule.
“The Uganda Police halted the departure of Robert Kyagulanyi at Entebbe International Airport,” police tweeted late on Thursday.
“Given the fact that he is on bail, the police is concerned and await for guidance from the relevant government department.”
In a separate statement on Thursday police said they had also found Zaake at Entebbe early on Thursday, “trying to flee the country and accordingly apprehended him.”
Police said he was taken to the country’s national referral hospital in Kampala where he would be treated under custody.
Bobi’s wife Barbie said the MP has a medical report from Lubaga hospital recommending urgent medical treatment abroad.
“He told me that as soon as they closed the ambulance doors, he was again brutally beaten in front of a government doctor,” Barbie said on her Facebook page.
“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.”
“There is something we’re not getting. By denying him access to medical treatment, do they need him disabled for life?” she asked.
She also strongly objected to state doctors forcefully trying to administer treatment or draw samples from the MP.
“The same people who have acquiesced in torturing him cannot be trusted with his body,” she quipped.
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