United States President Donald Trump, has on Monday sent a message of warning to Ugandan authorities over the country’s handling of Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known by his stage name as Bobi Wine.
According to Trump, he has followed keenly the turn of events since the past few months between Bobi Wine, President Museveni and security forces. “The United States and I expect that the rule of law governs and security agencies act professionally in their dealings with the young Ugandan lawmaker”, Trump said.
Trump added that, there is no room for abuse of human rights, freedom of speech and the United States will not tolerate any act hindering anyone from expressing his views or exercising his democratic rights.
Trump comments come after Bobi Wine was arrested on Monday by Ugandan security officers on his way to Busabala for a press conference where he was set to speak out on police brutality, injustice and abuse of authority.
The officers blocked the lawmaker’s convoy as his supporters clashed with police who teargassed the crowd preventing them from proceeding to Busabala.
Moments before his arrest, Wine tweeted that the security officers tried to forcefully break into his car after which they clamped it and dragged him away.
It is not yet clear where the officers took the Kyadondo East MP.
Earlier this month, the controversial MP said he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni and will run for President in 2021.
“The United States has for the past years been committed to the security of Uganda with which Bobi Wine is a citizen of. We trust that Uganda will uphold its law and handle the MP accordingly”, Trump said in a message to Uganda.