Bobi Wine addresses world media, recounts time in military detention

In his first press conference since August 13 when he was brutally arrested from the West Nile town of Arua, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi populary known as Bobi Wine has told the world of what he termed as unspeakable acts of torture at the hands of UPDF.

The pop-star turned politician addressed the media from Washington DC in the US where he went to treatment after the High Court in Gulu bailed him with 33 others with whom they are facing treason charges.

“It was unspeakable, I went through so much torture, I have been, and, I am still in pain, I am out [of hospital] against the advice of my doctors and family but when I got this opportunity, I had to speak out because I did not want to be seen as a victim but as a survivor,” Bobi Wine said.

The press conference in Washington was organized by Robert Amsterdam, a lawyer with an international law firm Amsterdam and Partners LLC which is leading an international campaign against alleged human rights abuses in Uganda.

Several international news networks relayed the press conference live.

“I had to highlight the plight not only of myself but the many people back home. I see it as a privilege for to be able to speak to world about what I and other Ugandans have gone through,” he said.

He told the journalists that while in the hands of the soldiers, he was beaten and tortured in “unspeakable ways” plus being injected with substances that he could not tell.

The Kyadondo East legislator also claimed that the state was targeting his associates singling out his wife Barbie Kyagulanyi’s partner at Helping hands Uganda.

“My wife is running a charity called Helping Hands Uganda which helps girls to make re-usable sanitary towels. Her co-founder was kidnapped and tortured so badly for two days, he was being told by the security forces to agree to be a key witness to pin me that I am being funded through my wife’s NGO,” Bobi said.

The singer-MP said that despite the brutalization that he went through, he was humbled that people in Uganda and around the world stood in solidarity with him.

He said, as soon as he is done with the treatment, he will leave the US and return to Uganda.

Addressing the same press conference, Robert Amsterdam urged the US government to cut military aid to Uganda because the weapons that the American government bought for Uganda are being used to terrorise Ugandans.