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Afropop Worldwide | International Artists sign statement in support of jailed Musician Bobi Wine

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Posted August 22, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Music Activism ~ 637 views

     

Artists Release Statement in Support of Bobi Wine — Ugandan musician/activist-turned-politician Bobi Wine was taken into custody on Monday and charged with possessing illegal weapons and treason. His family had no idea where he was taken until Thursday, when he appeared before a military tribunal, unable to speak for himself or even see, due to what appeared to be abuse he received while in custody. Artists and friends of Wine have been rallying to his cause and today have released this letter condemning the arrest and calling for an investigation into what happened. Their letter follows in its entirety.

Bobi Wine Statement — 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 recognized 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 30 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, whom Bobi had come to Arua to support, had won. He also remains in custody, still charged with treason.

Afropop Worldwide is a Peabody award-winning radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora. Hosted by one of Africa’s best-loved broadcast personalities, Georges Collinet, and produced by Sean Barlow, the radio show is currently distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 100 stations in the U.S., as well as stations in Europe and Africa.

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 HINDE – 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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