Bobi Wine: Travel advisories on Uganda as pressure mounts on Museveni


Bobi Wine
Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly known as musician Bobi Wine sings during a Reuters interview at his home in Magere North of Kampala, Uganda, July 23, 2017. Picture taken July 23, 2017. REUTERS/Matthias Mugisha

In Summary

  • The American embassy in Uganda also urged its citizens to avoid taking pictures of police, military personnel, government buildings or protests.
  • The embassy further urged its citizens to "remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and public demonstrations and follow local media for updates."
  • Bobi Wine, a musician turned politician and fierce critic of Museveni, has been missing since August 13.

Three Western countries have issued travel advisories against Uganda after protests rocked the capital Kampala over the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine.

Canada, U.S and U.K., the arrest of three lawmakers has heightened political tension in the country.

“There is an extreme risk to your personal safety and security. You should not travel to this country, territory or region.

“If you are already in the country, territory or region, you should consider leaving if it is safe to do so,” a statement on the Canadian website reads.

The American embassy in Uganda also urged its citizens to avoid taking pictures of police, military personnel, government buildings or protests.

According to the British embassy in Uganda, the protests over the arrest of Bobi Wine and other lawmakers pose a huge security threat.

“There is an increased likelihood of protests, which may turn violent, across Uganda,” a statement on the website reads.

The embassy further urged its citizens to “remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and public demonstrations and follow local media for updates.”

The three Western countries also cautioned citizens that traffic congestion is likely to increase and they should exercise caution when in the vicinity of any demonstrations.

Bobi Wine, a musician turned politician and fierce critic of Museveni, has been missing since August 13 after he posted a picture on his social media pages, of his driver shot dead.

“Police has shot my driver dead thinking they’ve shot at me,” Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine, said on Twitter.

A few days later, he and other MPs were charged with treason even as Wine failed to appear in court to answer to the charges.

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