Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine vowed Thursday to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying", shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.
As soon as he landed, security forces promptly chauffeured him away.
Residents in his neighbourhood told Reuters that they had attempted to wait for him on streets near his home but were chased away by security forces. National police chief Okoth Ochola, however, said he was taken to his home and was not under arrest.
Earlier before Bobi Wine's arrival, a number of journalists, activists and others including Bobi Wine's brother Eddy Yawe and musician Nubian Li were arrested and detained at police stations in Entebbe.More news: True Detective director to make next Bond movie
Kyagulanyi, 36, has been seeking medical treatment in the U.S. for injuries he claims were sustained while allegedly being tortured in custody following his arrest last month.
Upon his arrival at Entebbe global airport, the legislator was led to a Police vehicle and driven off to his home, according to an earlier statement by Police spokesperson, SSP Emilian Kayima.
Police and soldiers, supported with intelligence operatives, set up a number of roadblocks on the highway to the airport and blocked motorists from using the alternative Entebbe expressway. Five legislators in all were detained, two say they were badly beaten and all say they were mistreated.
Journalists were barred from accessing the airport and about have a dozen were taken in for questioning, although police Spokesman Emilian Kayima said they were all freed.More news: Spiders build 1000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk
The Minister for Security, Gen Elly Tumwine has assured the public that Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi is safe at his home in Magele, Gayaza.
Police said they had received information that supporters of Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, planned to stage rallies and processions on his return but had not sought permission.
Three-quarters of Uganda's population is under the age of 35 and Bobi Wine told the BBC he has come home to lead a people-power revolution. The government denies that he was mistreated.
But a police official said he was being escorted to his home and was not under arrest.More news: Kavanaugh accuser says she would testify next week under certain terms