Three dead as protests follow arrest of Ugandan presidential candidate

A minimum of 3 other people have died and 38 were injured after protests erupted in Uganda following the arrest of an opposition presidential candidate, police within the nation have stated.

Supporters of Bobi Wine, whose actual title is Robert Kyagulanyi, blocked roads and burned tyres within the Uganda capital Kampala, whilst police replied by way of firing tear fuel and rubber bullets.

Evarest Kayongo, chairman of the Kampala Town Investors Affiliation, stated it was once “overall chaos” within the town.

Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, was taken away by police
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Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, sometimes called Bobi Wine, was once taken away by way of police
A Bobi Wine supporter carrying a campaign poster during protests
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A Bobi Wine supporter sporting a marketing campaign poster throughout protests

“The streets are empty … We now have closed industry as a result of tear fuel and bullets,” he stated.

Officials extensively utilized reside ammunition to disperse demonstrators, Al Jazeera stated.

Mr Wine, 38, was once held by way of rebellion police at a rally within the japanese the city of Luuka and brought to a police station within the within sight town of Jinja, close to the northern tip of Lake Victoria.

The flesh presser, who may be a pop big name, is campaigning to usa President Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in place of job for 36 years, in subsequent 12 months’s election.

He showed his arrest on Twitter, pronouncing police “violently broke into his automobile” and took him into custody and recommended supporters to withstand tyranny, promising them “we will surely triumph over”.

Joel Ssenyonyi, spokesman for Mr Wine’s political birthday celebration, the Nationwide Cohesion Platform, stated: “We now have now not been allowed to look him and we do not know what is occurring.”

Police spokesman Fred Enanga stated the flesh presser was once detained for violating COVID-19 pointers that require presidential applicants to fulfill or cope with lower than 200 other people.

Supporters of Bobi Wine take cover from tear gas fired by police at a rally
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Supporters of Bobi Wine take duvet from tear fuel fired by way of police on the rally

Since stating his aim to run, the singer has stuck the creativeness of Ugandans, successful a big following, particularly amongst younger other people within the east African nation, TRT stated.

Many say they’re attracted to him by way of his grievance of Mr Museveni’s govt mingled in his lyrics.

Mr Wine, who has been arrested repeatedly lately, together with after he officially declared his candidacy, has made chronic requires Mr Museveni to retire.

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