Ugandan politician Bobi Wine, a popular musician who recently announced plans to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for his office, detailed on Monday what he says are multiple incidents of repression and silencing of the country’s political opposition.
His comments came following the death of Kalinda Michael, above, another musician who died over the weekend at a Mulago hospital where he had been treated in recent weeks following an abduction and attack that left him with burn injuries, two fingers cut off and an eye gouged.
“Since August 2018 when I was brutally arrested and tortured alongside more than 36 other Ugandan political leaders and activists, countless other Ugandans who have openly identified with the People Power movement have been kidnapped, illegally detained, tortured or murdered in cold blood,” said Wine. “Only these past three months, there have been several attacks on many friends and comrades.”
Raphael Walugembe was shot and killed under suspicious circumstances in May, Wine said. He was a student at Nkozi University and a coordinator for Wine’s political movement. Ssebulime Rashid survived an arson attack at his home. Organizer Kibalama Johnbosco was abducted in June and remains missing.
“As we draw towards the 2021 elections, it is apparent that President Museveni is determined to silence any form of dissent using extreme violence,” Wine said. “Although he came to power castigating former presidents Milton Obote and Idi Amin of torture and extrajudicial killings of their opponents, he seems determined to out-do their record in terms of committing unspeakable atrocities.”
Wine appealed to the international community to join in condemning “horrendous violations against innocent citizens in Uganda.” His complete statement is available here.
Image: Bobi Wine