WASHINGTON DC – Mr. Robert Amsterdam, the international legal counsel engaged by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has vowed to press for sanctions from the US government against President Museveni’s government and top Ugandan officials involved in torture.
Speaking at the much publicised international media conference alongside the youthful Ugandan MP Bobi Wine at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Thursday, September 6, Mr. Amsterdam said:
“We want the US government to immediately suspend military funding to the Ugandan government and launch an investigation how the military equipment supplied to the Ugandan army is being used in the war of terror in torture against Ugandan citizens”.
He also said top officials involved in torture would be personally targeted in form of “travel bans” and cutting their “ability to hold assets”.
Mr. Amsrerdam who accused Mr. Museveni of operating like President Vladimir Putin and Russia said he will be meeting with congressmen and other US government officials in the state department and providing them with details of the level of brutality happening in Uganda.
“We want the American taxpayer 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.
“The Museveni regime is taking a page from Mr Putin’s rulebook; they torture you, poison you and after say it’s false news! We are not going to play that game”.
Mr. Amsterdam also announced that his team would investigate and expose the President Museveni’s government long history of torture and suspicious killings.
“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 said.
During the press conference, Bobi Wine who said he had appeared the advice of his doctors said no amount of brutality will stop him.
On government dismissing claims that he was tortured, Bobi Wine replied:
“It is a habit for Ugandan authorities to torture people and then come out and lie about it. I am not the first to be tortured. You’ve seen Muslim clerics and women. It’s a privilege for me to be here, what I can do is speak for those people”.
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, especially his driver Yasiin Kavuma.