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Museveni Calls Bobi Wine Torture 'Fake News' as #FreeBobiWine Movement Grows

The Ugandan president has released a statement on the alleged torture of Bobi Wine by military forces.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has spoken out about the arrest of musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine for the first time since events unfolded last week, calling reports that he'd been tortured while in police custody "fake news," reports BBC Africa.

In a statement released on Sunday, 74-year-old Museveni says military doctors informed him that Wine had "no head or chest injuries or bone fractures."

"Fellow Ugandans, the events that have occurred in the last few weeks are not isolated," said Museveni. "And we should not treat them in that manner...We must unite in condemnation but also revive the calls for a national dialogue that will lead to justice, accountability and a new Uganda."

The response comes after Wine's lawyer Medard Segona said on Thursday, that the artist's health was in "dire state" and he had been unable to walk or talk properly during his court appearance due to injuries he had sustained.


Eddy Yawe, Wine's brother, spoke to the BBC about Wine's condition, telling the publication that his brother had been"brutally tortured by a group of soldiers, including on his genitals, and that they had injected him several times with an unknown substance."

Wine's supporters have asked that security forces be put on trial for their treatment of the opposition MP. They have also called on the US and EU to block foreign travel for Museveni and members of his administration.

Support for Wine only appears to be growing on social media, as supporters, fans and fellow musicians alike continue to push for his immediate release, and demand that the government #FreeBobiWine.







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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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