JOHANNESBURG – Ugandan police are investigating the murder and abduction of musician and political activist blogger Michael Kalinda who was allegedly tortured to death by suspected security agents.
Known as Ziggy Wine, Kalinda, was signed onto Firebase Entertainment – the record label of Bobi Wine whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – a musician and lawmaker who has also been arrested and abused in detention by Ugandan security forces for his political activism and criticism of President Yoweri Museveni.
A week after his abduction Kalinda was found unconscious recently with one eye gouged out, two of his fingers severed and burn marks on his body. He was subsequently rushed to hospital, African News reported.
Bobi Wine tweeted about the incident on Monday morning saying his friend could not make it and had died after succumbing to “injuries sustained after a horrendous encounter with kidnap and torture”.
“Very painful. He joins other countless Ugandans. As we mourn him, we resolve to work even harder to end this. Rest well brother,” said Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.