Bobi Wine escapes from house arrest,visits tortured activist,narrates sad story

Bobi Wine with activist Nalongo Nana Mbarikiwa in hospital

Kyadondo East member of parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as  Bobi Wine on Thursday April 25,2019 sneaked from his house where he was under house arrest since Monday April 22,2019.

He then traveled to Bugiri District in eastern Uganda to attend the burial ceremony of former Bugiri District chairperson Siraji Lyavala.

After the burial, he paid a visit to activist Nalongo Nana Mbarikiwa who is in hospital after being brutalized by police while demanding answers why Bobi Wine was under house arrest.

After the visit, Bobi Wine has narrated the sad story of what happened to Nana.

Below is the story;

“Last night upon arriving from Bugiri, we paid a visit to our dear friend and comrade in the struggle, Nalongo Nana Mbarikiwa who is in hospital. Nana was admitted after being violently manhandled by a group of female and male police officers at the main entrance to the Uganda Police Force Headquarters in Naguru. Ordinarily, Nana would have hit the streets to protest against the injustices of the police force- she has done this countless times.

However, Nana is 7 and half months pregnant. So she decided to protest in a softer way! She could not sit down and watch as the police and the military violate our rights- even when heavily pregnant! That is how much she detests injustice and impunity! So she made a trip to the Police Headquarters in Naguru with an intention of meeting the IGP or his deputy to inquire about why the police was illegally holding me under house arrest, and why the blatant abuse of rights by the police have only increased.

She narrates that while she waited for clearance to access the police offices near the gate, a group of police officers jumped over her car and poured huge amounts of pepper spray and tear gas inside her car to force her out, just like they did to us on Monday. During the process, two female police officers held her legs apart and each sat on one as they twisted them. One pulled her shorts down and forced her hand between her legs. She yelled in pain and told them that they were killing her baby.

They squeezed even harder, while throwing obscenities at her- “deliver the baby from here!” Another officer twisted her arm and almost broke it. The marks are still visible! Others grabbed her heavy belly, trying to pull her out of the car which they finally did, before violently dropping her on the ground. She fell on her back – vomiting, and then blacked out. When she regained consciousness, she was in hospital- her bed surrounded by armed police officers.

Tortured in front of the police headquarters! Nana’s courage and resilience teaches us that this struggle is about sacrifice. These guys will many times do the unimaginable. It will be a hard, long and tedious process. But ultimately, it will end in victory. Each day ask yourself, “What am I doing to take this struggle forward?” I hope the officers involved in her brutalization today have chance to listen to #Afande, the song we dedicated to them.

I appreciate all comrades who have supported her in every way, and encourage all of us to support her and other comrades who are being illegally detained and tortured for peacefully protesting against impunity. Quick recovery soldier!!”

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