Uganda’s main opposition party has said leader Bobi Wine was detained upon returning to the country from a trip abroad, but police later said they had accompanied him to his residence.

The singer-turned-politician arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday morning after a tour of several countries, including South Africa.

“Our President [Bobi Wine] picked up by regime operatives as soon as he landed at the airport,” David Lewis Rubongoya, the general secretary of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, said on X, formerly Twitter.

The post was accompanied by a photo appearing to show two men seizing him by the arms on the tarmac.

Later on Thursday, police said Bobi Wine “was successfully escorted by our security team from Entebbe to his home in Magere.

He reached his home around 11.20am, and is with his family and friends. Disregard rumors of his arrest by propagandists.”

Bobi Wine’s supporters had planned to accompany him en masse to his home north of the capital, Kampala, to welcome him back, but police had said such gatherings were illegal.

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