Uganda's pop star MP returns home

Uganda's pop star MP returns home

The singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, had sought treatment in the US for injuries allegedly sustained during state torture, which Uganda's government denies.

Mr Museveni, 74, is now able to seek re-election in 2021 because parliament passed legislation a year ago removing a clause in the constitution that prevented anyone over 75 from holding the presidency.

Bobi Wine's elder brother Eddie Yahwe has been arrested at Entebbe International Airport where he had gone to pick the Kyadondo East MP.

Upon arrival, Kyagulanyi was separated from other passengers and bundled into a police vehicle without explanation.

The Daily Monitor newspaper reported that police arrested him on the tarmac after he disembarked.

Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture.

Mr Kyagulanyi who is facing treason charges after President Yoweri Museveni's campaign motorcade was stoned in Northwestern Arua Municipality, was granted travel permit upon being freed on bail by a Ugandan court.

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His supporters had earlier in the day defied a heavy security presence and gathered at his residence to welcome him, but once he arrived by police escort, security forces did not attempt to stop crowds from gathering at his home.

While the crackdown may have barred broadcasters from live coverage, Ugandans took to social media to share pictures and videos of the goings-on near them.

Kyagulanyi attracted a youth following through songs critical of Museveni and his prominence rose due to an incident in August in which his driver was shot dead and he was detained and charged with treason over what authorities said was the stoning of the president's convoy.

The singer, who won a national assembly seat a year ago, faces treason charges over his alleged role in an incident in which the president's convoy was pelted with stones. The government denies that he was mistreated.

Ahead of his return Thursday, police barricaded roads around the airport and patrolled the Entebbe-Kampala road and near his home in Magere, outskirts of the capital.

Witnesses said the road linking Kampala to Entebbe town about 50 km (30 miles) to the south was cordoned off, with armed police surrounding the airport.

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