Uganda election: Bobi Wine says Museveni has panicked over his rising popularity
– Ugandan Opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine said it was painful to watch his supporters being teargassed by police officers
– On Thursday, November 19, youthful protesters barricaded roads and burnt tyres in the capital Kampala in protests over his arrest – More than 350 people were arrested in the process with the men in uniform warning young people against participating in illegal activities PAY
Ugandan Opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known by his stage name Bobi Wine has claimed long serving President Yoweri Museveni has panicked after he was arrested by police officers on Wednesday, November 18. Bobi Wine campaigning before he was arrested by Ugandan police officers over alleged flouting of COVID-19 rules.
The 38-year-old who is seeking to unseat the National Resistance Movement (NRM) leader is still under detention and has refused to sign bond papers in absence of his lawyers, FremerMedia has learnt.
In a series of tweets on his official handle on Thursday, November 19, Wine, the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader said it was painful to watch his supporters being teargassed by the men in uniform.
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) November 19, 2020
“Scenes like this are very difficult to watch! The regime is in panic. We cannot have men in plain clothes shooting people in broad daylight,” he said.
The singer turned politician said he has been denied access to his lawyers and his medical team saying only army and police officers had access to him. “The violation of his rights with impunity must be condemned by all persons of good conscience,” a tweet on his handle read.
The Guardian reported that least 19 people have been killed in Uganda over two days in the country’s worst unrest in a decade as security forces try to quell protests triggered by the arrest of Bobi Wine.
On Thursday, November 19, youthful protesters barricaded roads and burnt tyres in the capital Kampala as police officers fired teargas and rubber bullets.
US gov’t condemns violence in Uganda after 7 were killed, several injured following Bobi Wine’s arrest More than 350 people were arrested in the process with the men in uniform warning young people against participating in illegal activities insisting they would bring the situation under control.
The officers accused Wine of flouting COVID-19 regulations requiring only 200 people at a public gathering but the musician wondered why Museveni was “afraid” of having a level playing field. “As Gen Museveni continues his campaigns and NRM continues to hold processions, Bobi Wine is still held illegally at Nalufenya! If Museveni wants to be a sole candidate, he must state so. Otherwise, we must have a level playing field for all candidates,” he said.
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