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Ugandan govt withdraws charges against opposition politician

Ugandan govt withdraws charges against opposition politician”

Mr Segona told the court that even the other co-accused, who were beaten up during arrest, had not received adequate treatment in prison.

The 36-year-old Ssentamu had been charged last week with illegal possession of firearms for his alleged role in an incident in which Museveni's motorcade was pelted with stones.

Ugandan musician turned politician, Robert Kyagulanyi (C) leads activists during a demonstration against new taxes including a levy on access to social media platforms in Kampala, Uganda July 11, 2018.

On Thursday, Bobi Wine is scheduled to stand trial on charges of illegal possession of firearms, stemming from a demonstration he led against President Yoweri Museveni on August 13.

"All injuries are external arising from what they say was severe beating when they were arrested", said Oulanyah. "It was not necessary, but it happened".

The arrest of Bobi Wine, a popular former singer-turned opponent of ageing Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni has ignited public anger and sparked protests. He sat in the dock in magistrate's court, with his lawyers saying he was unable to stand on his own.

The government denies accusations that it tortured Ssentamu, an outspoken critic of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

Despite being in pain, Ssentamu was in a "humorous" mood during the visit, Oulanyah told reporters.

Pressure was mounting on the government to free Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who has emerged as an influential critic of longtime President Yoweri Museveni after winning a parliament seat a year ago.

Ssentamu's arrest came after he was campaigning for a lawmaker in the northwestern town of Arua.

Ssentamu was detained with four other opposition lawmakers, three of whom face treason charges. A fifth legislator, Francis Zaake, has been hospitalized with injures allegedly sustained during detention. As many as 12 candidates contested in the race to replace slain MP Ibrahim Abiriga, with independent Kassiano Wadri taking the day.

Security forces in recent days have violently put down street protests by Ugandans demanding his release. A sight that emphasizes reports that he had been brutalized whiles in custody of the security forces - police and military.

"He isn't supposed to be locked up".

Museveni has since condemned the actions of those who lure the youth into rioting.

Museveni said he had no power to release Ssentamu.

Museveni is a 74-year-old that has been in power since 1986.



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