Ugandan popstar-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi discusses his detention and alleged torture.
Kyagulanyi has built a large youth following through his criticism of Uganda’s long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni – who has been in power for 32 years – both in parliament and through his music.
The 36-year-old’s message of freedom and inclusivity, encourages young people to “stand up” and take over the East African country from what he calls the government’s failed leadership.
But Kyagulanyi’s rise to prominence has not been without difficulties.
His appeal is considered a threat to Museveni’s hold on power, which is waning because of public anger over deteriorating public services, corruption and human rights abuses.
On August 14, Kyagulanyi was arrested and charged with treason for allegedly throwing stones at Museveni’s presidential motorcade during a by-election campaign in August.
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