Police denies arresting Bobi Wine

Ugandan police on Wednesday denied arresting presidential aspirant, Bobi Wine, as he tried to marketing campaign forward of subsequent month’s tense election, saying as an alternative the singer-turned-MP had been “restrained” and returned house.

Wine’s marketing campaign group stated the opposition chief and his whole assist crew had been arrested in Kalangala, a district close to Lake Victoria, whereas drumming up assist for his bid to unseat veteran President Yoweri Museveni on January 14.

Police accused Wine’s get together of constructing “false claims” concerning the incident, saying marketing campaign staff had been arrested for inciting violence however the candidate himself was not booked.

“We want to make clear that the candidate was restrained for repeatedly holding huge rallies amidst the elevated threats of coronavirus, in complete disregard of the electoral fee and ministry of well being tips,” police stated in a press release on Twitter.

He was being “transferred to his house” in Kampala some 100 kilometres (60 miles) away, police added.

Wine, who has campaigned on a platform of ending Museveni’s 35-year stranglehold on energy in Uganda, has been arrested quite a few occasions on the hustings and positioned beneath home arrest for alleged breaches of electoral guidelines.

His rallies, which regularly draw large crowds, have been damaged up with tear gasoline, riot police and dwell rounds, and Wine has taken to sporting a bullet-proof vest and armoured helmet on the marketing campaign path.

In November, safety forces shot and killed no less than 54 folks over two days for protesting towards Wine’s arrest, in line with an official toll.
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Museveni, who seized energy on the head of a insurgent military in 1986 and has dominated uninterrupted ever since, described most of these killed as rioters.

Opposition activists have complained that Museveni has been permitted to talk to giant crowds with out obvious breaches of coronavirus rules, whereas related rallies by Wine supporters have been violently shut down.
Read also : Bobi Wine Arrested in islands of Kalangala

Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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