Weapons charges dropped but singer turned opposition MP has been immediately re-arrested

A Ugandan pop star turned opposition politician has been so badly beaten in custody that he may need treatment overseas, his friends and supporters have said.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine, was arrested last week during campaigning for a byelection in the north-western town of Arua, amid signs of a broad crackdown on dissent in the east African country, which has been ruled by veteran autocrat Yoweri Museveni since 1986.

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