(KAMPALA, Uganda) – Protests in the capital of Uganda erupted on Friday after police prevented a pop star opposition lawmaker from going to the US for alleged torture
The action of the security forces has Political strife escalates between the government of longtime President Yoweri Museveni and a young generation that fears that he wants to lead the country after 32 years in power.
Flight at the airport Entebbe, lawyer Asuman Basalirwa told The Associated Press. He had been taken to a hospital in the capital Kampala in a "disturbing condition".
The 36-year-old was released on bail on Monday, but after several other lawmakers was not subjected to travel restrictions and charged with high treason for an incident in which the President's motorcade was thrown with stones and the driver of Ssentamu shot dead has been. A lawyer of the singer has called the charge wrong.
Ssentamu has emerged as a powerful opposition voice among youth frustrated by Museveni, especially after the constitution was changed last year to set an age limit for the presidency. The singer won a parliamentary seat last year without the support of a political party.
Dozens of world musicians, including Chris Martin, Angelique Kidjo and Brian Eno, published an open letter last week condemning the treatment of Ssentamu after his arrest, he had to go with support and seemed to cry.
On Thursday, police "kidnapped" Ssentamu "by force" and took him to a police car, another lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, said on Twitter. Ssentamu's wife, Barbara, said in a Facebook post that security forces "abused" her husband, who "moaned in pain" when he called for help.
The Uganda police said Ssentamu was taken to the hospital, claiming he had suffered torture.
Security forces were on heavy duty in Kampala's Kamwokya district on Friday when police spokesman Emilian Kayima "noticed some young men trying to cause trouble."
Authorities previously prevented another legislator from joining Francis Zaake Plane to India and said he was a suspect in a criminal case, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said that Zaake, who has not been charged with any crime, escaped police "and should be arrested at the earliest."
After the outcry over Ssentamus At the airport, Opondo said he and Zaake could travel "After government doctors have investigated them to determine their medical conditions."
Both Ssentamu and Zaake on Friday opposed efforts by state-provided medical staff to test them , according to local rights group Four Uganda, which did not urge medical professionals (1
The government has denied the torture allegations.
Ssentamu is said to have a kidney problem, said his legal department, which cited a medical report from the hospital in which he had been hospitalized.
The tre ason charges against Ssentamu and others have raised concerns about a crackdown on the opposition in this East African nation and led to protests in the capital.
74-year-old Museveni, a tight US security driver, has been in power since 1986 He has been talking in recent days about "unprincipled politicians taking advantage of our jobless youth to lure them into rebellions and demonstrations."