In a dramatic series of events that unfolded today at Entebbe International Airport, National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was arrested upon his arrival from South Africa.
Kyagulanyi’s return to Uganda had been highly anticipated, with crowds of supporters gathering at the airport to welcome him. However, as soon as his plane touched down at approximately 10 a.m., he was swiftly taken into police custody, depriving him of the opportunity to greet the waiting crowd.
The arrest did not end with Kyagulanyi; police also detained numerous NUP supporters, including legislators, who were en route to the airport. They were apprehended at a roadblock set up in Kitubulu zone along the Entebbe-Kampala Highway.
After his arrest, Kyagulanyi was taken to his home in Magere, where he addressed the media and supporters. He expressed gratitude to Ugandans for their resilience and support, despite the obstacles faced by the opposition.
“When people announced that they were going to give us a warm welcome, the police also decided to give us a smooth welcome by arresting more than 300 of our supporters,” Kyagulanyi stated, highlighting the large number of arrests made.
He further urged Ugandans to remain steadfast in their struggle for change and democracy. “I want to thank Ugandans for knowing that this is a struggle for us all. The responsibility you have shown today, please keep it up,” Kyagulanyi said, emphasizing the importance of unity and determination.