Kampala. President Museveni has dismissed reports that Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is gravely ill and that some of his internal organs were damaged following his torture while in custody.
The President, in a statement issued last evening, said the narrative was “fake news” because military doctors informed him that the condition of the popular musician-turned-politician was not as being portrayed in the media.
“I decided to check with army doctors because, being a disciplined army, UPDF doctors always take precautions in such situations. Bobi Wine had already been seen by doctors in Arua, Gulu and Kampala. He has no head or chest injuries or bone fractures, they informed me,” Mr Museveni noted.
The President said the media and security agencies were concentrating on the alleged stoning of one of his cars during the last campaigns for Arua Municipality by-election.
He pointed out that he can defend himself, whether alone or with backing of his personal security, against a stone thrower or any attacker.
He, however, said hurling a stone at another conveys is an intent to kill, citing the death during the Walk-to-Work riots of police officer John Michael Ariong.
Pelting stones, in the case of the Arua Municipality violence, the President said, was not the “most serious problem”.
“The biggest problem is political leaders like (Arua Municipality MP-elect) Kassiano Wadri and Bobi Wine forming, or allowing indisciplined groups to be formed under the cover of elections, groups that form illegal processions in built-up and heavily populated areas, carrying stones, up-rooting side walk pavers to use as missiles; to attack defenseless women, children and other civilians,” he wrote.
He said such groups scared 70 per cent of registered voters in Arua Municipality to keep away from voting.
The President in yesterday’s statement also said tortured Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, had escaped from police custody.
It remained unclear why police have not re-arrested him from Rubaga Hospital in Kampala where has been admitted for days.