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Ugandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead, a police spokesman said.

“We arrested Bobi Wine and others this morning and he is in our custody,” said Emilian Kayima, Uganda’s police spokesman.

Kyagulanyi was arrested in the north-western town of Arua where he was campaigning for an opposition candidate in a hard-fought by-election that also drew President Yoweri Museveni in support of the ruling party candidate.

Following parallel rallies on Monday, Kayima said Kyagulanyi was arrested for obstructing the presidential motorcade, during which one of Museveni’s official vehicles had a windscreen damaged. In the ensuing chaos, police fired live rounds to disperse the crowd, killing Kyagulanyi’s driver.

On Twitter, before his arrest, Kyagulanyi alleged the killing was a case of mistaken identity.

In a move that shows solidarity for Bobi Wine, who now faces a death sentence, some of the world’s leading artists and activists have come together to make a public non-partisan appeal for his immediate release the text of which reads:

“We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the arrest, imprisonment and vicious, life-threatening physical attack by Ugandan government forces on popular Ugandan singer and Member of Parliament, the Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a.k.a Bobi Wine. We also condemn the unprovoked killing of his driver, Yasin Kawuma as well as the beating and arrest of three other opposition Members of Parliament.

The above incidents took place in the town of Arua on Monday August 13, where Bobi Wine was attending a bi-election rally in support of an opposition candidate, Kassiano Wadri. It is claimed that stones were thrown at the convoy of President Museveni who was there to support his candidate. Museveni’s security forces then made their way to Bobi Wine’s hotel where Yasin Karuma was sitting in Bobi’s car and was shot in the head at close range and killed. Yasin was sitting in the co-driver’s seat where Bobi Wine normally sits. The possibility of an assassination attempt cannot be ruled out. They then entered the hotel, kicking in doors and arresting many people, including hotel staff, journalists and other opposition MPs until they found Bobi who was beaten to within an inch of his life and arrested.

They claim to have found two sub-machine guns, a pistol and ammunition in Bobi’s room and he was charged with treason and taken before a military tribunal on Thursday. His face was badly swollen and he could neither talk, see or walk, so vicious was the beating he’d received. The charge against him was reduced to the illegal possession of arms and he is currently detained in an army barracks with limited access by his family and lawyers until a further appearance before a military tribunal this coming Thursday.

We call upon the Ugandan government to ensure his full access to medical treatment, to allow a full and impartial investigation of his violent arrest and imprisonment and of the brutal killing of Yasin Kawuma, and to follow internationally recognised procedures and safeguards in proceeding with any case aganst him.

We pledge to remain vigilant about his ongoing detention and to use our voices and networks at the local, regional and international levels to raise awareness about his case, to press for his immediate and unconditional release, and for an end to this and other acts of political repression and violence in Uganda.

We also call for the lawful and humane treatment of the more than thirty other detainees that were arrested at the same time as Bobi Wine. Some of them are also fighting for life.

N.B. At the same time as Bobi appeared before the tribunal the results of Wednesday’s bi-election were announced. The candidate, Kassiano Wadri, who Bobi had come to Arua to support, had won. He also remains in custody, still charged with treason.

Signed:

AARON BEBE SUKURA, – Musician, Ghana
ABIOLA OKE – CEO OkayAfrica/Okayplayer
ADAM CLAYTON – Musician U2
ADE BANTU – Musician, Producer Nigeria
AHDAF SOUEIF – Author
AISHA ORAZBAYEVA – Musician, violinist
ALEX HEFFES – Composer
ALFRED ADEFILA – Musician, Lagos
ALI BUKARI aka NUBIAN – Artiste
ANGELIQUE KIDJO – Artiste
BANNING EYRE Senior Producer, Afropop Worldwide
BELINDA ATIM – Uganda Sustainable Development Initiative
BRIAN ENO – Artist, musician, producer
CHICOCO RADIO – Port Harcourt Nigeria
CHRIS MARTIN – Musician Coldplay
CHRISSIE HYNDE – Artiste
CLAUDE GATEBUKE – African Great Lakes Action Network
DAMON ALBARN – Musician, Blur, Gorillaz
DAN ACEDA – Musician, Nairobi
DELE SOSIMI – The Afrobeat Orchestra
DR VINCENT MAGOMBE – Journalist and Broadcaster
EDDY YAWE – Artiste
EMEL MATHLOUTHI – Artiste
EMRE RAMAZANOGLU – Musician & Producer
ERIAS LUKWAGO – Kampala City Lord Mayor
FATOUMATA SOW – Music Industry Professional, Mali
FEMI ANIKULAPO KUTI – Musician Nigeria
FRANCESCA MARTINEZ – Writer & Comedian
FRANK RYNNE – Senior Lecturer British Studies, UCP, France
FRED – Footballer Manchester United
GEOFF TRAVIS – Rough Trade Records
HELEN EPSTEIN – Author of Uganda and the War on Terror
HUGH CORNWELL – Musician
HON MEDARD SSEGONA – Member of Parliament Uganda
IAIN C NEWTON – Founder, Silent B Inc.USA
IMRAN SIDDIQ – Co-Producer Global Citizen
JAMIE DRUMMOND – Co-founder of ONE
JAN PETER SCHWAIM – Musician, Composer
JESSE HACKETT – Musician
JOHN CONGLETON – Musician, Producer
JOHN HASSELL – Musician
JOHNNY BORRELL – Musician Razorlight
JOJO MAYER – Musician
JONATHAN HENDERSON – Artist Management
JOSEPH MAYANJA aka Jose Chameleon Artiste
JULIANA KANYOMOZI – Artiste Uganda
JULIANI – Rapper, founder Dondora Hiphop City, Nairobi
JUSTIN ADAMS – Musician
KADIALY KOUYATE – Musician
KWEKU MANDELA – Co-Producer Global Citizen
LEO ABRAHAMS – Producer, musician, composer
LORD WOOD OF ANFIELD – House of Lords UK
MARIE KORPE – Co-Founder FREEMUSE & Editor
MARKUS DRAVS – Producer
MARTIN GOLDSCHMIDT – Co-Founder Cooking Vinyl
MASUUZA EDRISA – aka Eddy Kenzo Artiste
MAURICE BERNSTEIN – President the Giant Step Organisation
MAURICE CARNEY – Friends of the Congo
MILTON ALLIMADI – Founder Black Star News
MONTE – Musician
NICHOLAS OPIYO – Human rights lawyer Uganda
NICK LAIRDE-CLOWES – Artist The Dream Academy
NIKE RANSOME KUTI – Lawyer Nigeria
OHAL GRIETZER – Composer
ORHAN MASLO OHA – Director of Rock School Bosnia
OWEN PALLETT – Composer
PEDRO COQUENAO – Musician, Producer
PETER GABRIEL – Artist, Producer
PHIL HARVEY – Musician Coldplay
RAOUL MARTINEZ – Author
REGGIE WATTS – Musician
RICHIE TROUGHTON – Writer
RIKKI STEIN – Kalakuta Sunrise Ltd
ROBIN RIMBAUD – Musician
RUTH DANIEL – Director In Place of War
RWAKAFUZI LAUDISLAS – Human rights lawyer
SEBASTIAN ROCHFORD – Musician, Polar Bear
SEGUN ADEFILA – Founder Crowne Troupe of Africa, Lagos
SEUN ANIKULAPO KUTI – Musician
STEPHEN BUDD – Director Africa Express, NH7 Festivals. Music Managers Forum
STEPHEN HENDEL – Kalakuta Sunrise LLC
STEVE JONES – Musician
TOM WATSON – Deputy Leader of the Labour Party UK
TOUMANI DIABATE – Musician Mali
TUNDE ADEBIMPE – Musician, Actor, TV on the Radio
VINVENT MAGOMBE – Director Africa Inform International
WANLOV the KUBOLOR – Musician Ghana
WOLE SOYINKA – Nobel Laureate Nigeria

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