Mr Robert Amsterdam, the lead international lawyer in the case in which Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been charged with treason, has urged the US government to suspend military funding to the Ugandan government which he says has a long history of political violence that should be stopped.
According to him, the Ugandan public, just like the rest of African youth, deserves better.
“We have made the determination that we are going to investigate the deaths, car accidents and suspicious poisoning of those who dare to speak about the government of Uganda. Bobi Wine and his colleagues can no longer be silent victims of torture and brutality,” Mr Amsterdam told journalists in Washington DC where he and Bobi Wine held a press conference Thursday.
He said they will be meeting with congressmen and providing them with details of the level of brutality happening in Uganda.
“We want the American tax payer to know what they are paying for,” Mr Amsterdam added before dismissing claims that there’s a foreign agent behind the musician-turned parliamentary representative.
During the press conference, Bobi Wine said no amount of brutality will cower him.
“Ugandans have always wanted freedom and to live in a country where leaders serve them. I want to assert that no amount of brutality will cower us. As soon as my treatment is over, I'm going back home,” he said.
On government dismissing claims that he was tortured, Mr Kyagulanyi said: “It’s a habit of Ugandan authorities to torture people and come out to say lies. I’m not the first person to be tortured,” he said.
Bobi Wine also thanked those who had stood by him both nationally and globally. In an emotional moment, he also cried as he paid tribute to those who had lost their lives during the chaos in Arua.