Protests in Uganda's Capital as Bobi Wine Arrested

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2020

Fred Enanga, police spokesperson said in a statement that the three people were shot dead and 34 others injured when protesters stormed the streets after the arrest of Kyagulanyi in the eastern district of Luuka.

Following his arrest, protests which first broke out in Ninja, had spread to other parts of the country including Kampala, Masaka, Hoima, Gulu with his supporters lighting old auto tyres and blocking major roads in the cities.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulayi, has been at loggerheads with authorities in Uganda since he entered the political fray.

Kampala police commander Moses Kafeero said that the pop star-turned-MP had been arrested for violating coronavirus measures at his rallies.

Amongst the people that the Red Cross rescued in Uganda on Wednesday, it says that that 11 of them had bullet wounds.

Police said Kyagulanyi was arrested over his continued violations of the Electoral Commission and ministry of health COVID-19 guidelines during the political campaigns ahead of the 2021 general election.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has emerged as the strongest challenger against President Yoweri Museveni, 76, in the country's presidential election due on January 14. He was released after a few hours of being held on Wednesday.

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Another opposition candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, was also arrested for organizing an unauthorized rally in the northern city of Gulu.

In New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it was "important that there is a space provided for people to express themselves whether via demonstration or through a democratic process".

Mr Kyagulanyi was most recently arrested on November 3 moments after registering his candidacy for the January 14, 2021 presidential election, over accusations he was planning an illegal rally.

Bobi Wine is contesting against President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for more than three decades, first as a rebel fighter in 1986.

Mr Kyagulanyi's catchy pop songs about social justice, poverty and corruption have shaken the ruling party and its ageing patriarch Museveni, who at 76 is the only president most Ugandans have ever known.

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