Bobi Wine arrested at Entebbe International Airport upon his return

Iganga Magistrate’s Court on November 19, 2020 charged opposition leader Bobi Wine over an election rally which allegedly flouted COVID-19 rules, then freed him on bail, after his detention sparked violence that left 49 people dead. COURTESY PHOTO

Entebbe, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested at Entebbe International Airport upon his return home from a trip abroad.

In a widely circulated video on the internet, Bobi Wine can be seen exiting the plane only to be swiftly apprehended by unidentified security personnel dressed in plain clothes on the airport tarmac.

David Lewis Rubongoya, the inaugural Secretary General of the National Unity Platform (NUP), confirmed these events while speaking to the media. Rubongoya stated that Bobi Wine was taken from the airport tarmac and transported to an undisclosed location.

“Our President [Bobi Wine] picked up by regime operatives as soon as he landed at the airport,” Rubongoya said on X, formerly Twitter.

Adding to this, he mentioned, “He was not even allowed to go through the normal immigration clearance,” during an interview with this writer.

Bobi Wine arrested at Entebbe International Airport

Prior to his arrival, Bobi Wine had called upon his numerous supporters to gather at the airport to welcome him back from his time in the diaspora, where he had been engaging with various Ugandan communities.

Uganda Police had previously issued a warning regarding any such procession, labeling them as unlawful and potentially disruptive to the nation’s stability.