sunny.png
Sunday September 20th, 2020 1:02PM

Ugandan activist Bobi Wine condemns killing of his supporter

By The Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan musician and opposition leader Bobi Wine is urging police to investigate the death of one of his supporters who died from injuries sustained during torture by unknown abductors.

Wine said the victim, an entertainer whose stage name was Zigy Wyne, was missing an eye and two fingers when he was found dumped outside a hospital in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

He was hospitalized for a week before his death Sunday. The death has upset supporters of Wine, a leading opposition figure who says he will challenge Uganda's long-time ruler in elections scheduled for 2021.

Wine said in a statement that supporters of his "People Power" movement have been targeted by state agents. "Only these past three months, there have been several attacks on many friends and comrades," he said, citing an unsolved killing of one of his supporters in May as well as kidnappings of others.

Joel Ssenyonyi, a spokesman for People Power, said Tuesday that until police put forward contrary evidence the group presumes the kidnapping and torture of Wyne was politically motivated.

"It's not an isolated incident," he said, describing the victim as "a very good friend" of the opposition leader.

Police are investigating the crime and urged the victim's relatives to provide information to authorities, police spokesman Fred Enanga told reporters Monday.

Wine, 37, a lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has emerged as a political threat to President Yoweri Museveni, 74, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders who has been in power since 1986. Wine appeals to many among the country's booming young population who are frustrated by unemployment and the slow pace of change.

Police have repeatedly foiled the singer's efforts to hold rallies or stage concerts, saying their goal is to protect public order and accusing him of participating in unlawful assemblies.

Museveni accuses Wine and other opposition figures of trying to lure young people into deadly rioting.

Wine has been charged with several offenses, including a treason charge related to an incident last year in which the presidential convoy was attacked with stones during a campaign event. In the aftermath of that incident Wine's driver was shot dead in his car by gunmen that Wine believes were members of the security forces.

Wine faces additional charges of annoying the president and disobeying statutory authority. He denies the allegations.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Entertainment, AP Online Recordings News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters, has died at age 88
10:06AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Growing program puts air quality specialists on wildfires
Fire crews battling blazes across the West are increasingly asking for air resource advisers who produce smoke forecasts
10:01AM ( 20 minutes ago )
GOP governor urges gun sale background checks after shooting
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is responding to the mass shooting in Dayton by urging the GOP-led state Legislature to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales
10:01AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
China stabilizes currency but tensions with US remain high
China has stabilized its currency, suggesting it might try to avoid using the yuan as a weapon in its trade war with the U.S.
9:34AM ( 47 minutes ago )
The Latest: Venezuela official calls US freeze 'banditry'
A senior Venezuelan official is accusing the Trump administrations of "gangsterism" and "international banditry" following a fresh round of harsh financial sanctions against the socialist government
9:14AM ( 1 hour ago )
China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in Asia
China says it "will not stand idly by" and will take countermeasures if U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Indo-Pacific region, which it plans to do within months
9:00AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
Meek Mill retrial decision rescheduled to next month
A decision on whether Meek Mill will be retried in a drug and gun case has been delayed until next month
9:39AM ( 42 minutes ago )
Journalist, former ESPN host Jemele Hill has book deal
Jemele Hill, the ESPN host who left the network a year after tweeting that President Donald Trump was a white supremacist, has a book deal
9:03AM ( 1 hour ago )
Reports: Plane carrying Pink's crew crash lands in Denmark
Danish media are reporting that a small aircraft carrying the management team for the American singer Pink crash landed and burst into flames in Denmark. No one was hurt.
8:22AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
R. Kelly accused of soliciting 17-year-old girl in Minnesota
Minnesota authorities are charging singer R. Kelly with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a 17-year-old girl in 2001
6:05PM ( 16 hours ago )
R. Kelly faces 2 new charges in Minnesota in 2001 allegation
Minnesota authorities are charging singer R. Kelly with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001
4:08PM ( 18 hours ago )
Mariah Carey records new song as theme for ABC's 'mixed-ish'
Mariah Carey has recorded a new song that will debut as the theme of ABC's "black-ish" spinoff
12:01PM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Online Recordings News
GOP governor urges gun sale background checks after shooting
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is responding to the mass shooting in Dayton by urging the GOP-led state Legislature to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales
10:14AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters, has died at age 88
10:06AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Growing program puts air quality specialists on wildfires
Fire crews battling blazes across the West are increasingly asking for air resource advisers who produce smoke forecasts
10:01AM ( 20 minutes ago )
UN refugee agency says new Italian law could endanger lives
The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern Tuesday that a new Italian law authorizing massive fines against the owners of private rescue ships could endanger the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea
9:56AM ( 26 minutes ago )
Meek Mill retrial decision rescheduled to later this month
A decision on whether Meek Mill will be retried in a drug and gun case has been delayed until later this month
9:51AM ( 31 minutes ago )