, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – Human Rights Activists will on Thursday hold a peaceful demonstration to demand for the release of Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.
The demonstrations that will be spearheaded by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)will commence at the Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park.
The protesters will march to the Ugandan embassy to call for the release of those held in custody in Uganda for political reasons.
“Met with the chairman of University of Nairobi Student Association @AntonyManyara and he shall lead university comrades tomorrow at #FreeBobbiWine peaceful protest tomorrow. We shall meet at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park, 9am,” stated activist Boniface Mwangi in his twitter account.
The activists are also set to embark on a week-long red ribbon campaign in solidarity with Bobi Wine who has been jailed by the Government.
Bobi wine , who was arrested last week and charged with illegal possession of weapons, is due to appear before a court martial on Thursday.
A concert was organized Wednesday evening in Nairobi ahead of the protest.
A hundred international musicians, artists, activists and politicians have in the signed an open letter condemning the Ugandan government’s treatment of a popular singer-turned-politician, who remained in military detention in the capital Kampala.
Musicians Chris Martin, Angelique Kidjo, Chrissie Hynde and Damon Albarn were among those to “strongly condemn the arrest, imprisonment and vicious, life-threatening physical attack by Ugandan government forces” on Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine.
Other signatories of the letter included the writer Wole Soyinka, the deputy leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Tom Watson and Ugandan civil society activists.
His lawyer and family members have alleged that he was beaten and tortured while in the custody of security forces.