Police in Uganda say that about three people have been killed and some dozens more injured in ongoing protests in the country’s capital and other urban areas. These protests have started as a result of the arrest of the presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, who is popularly known as ‘Bobi Wine,’ during an election rally.
The statement by the Ugandan Police does not however stated how they death of the three people happened. Some sections of the public however believe that the number of the dead have been grossly understated by the authorities
The doubt of people is further buttressed by videos and photos that have been circulating on social media, which shows a lot of people covered in blood, with some being clearly unresponsive and lifeless… apparently shot dead.
Spontaneous protests broke out in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, as well as in other towns, as the supporters of Bobi Wine (the musician turned politician) called for his release.
The presidential candidate of the opposition had been detained in the eastern district of Luuka, after the police accused him of staging rally which according to them broke the coronavirus guidelines set by the Electoral Commission.
The lawyers for Bobi Wine believe that he is being held at a police station in Jinja City.
Another opposition candidate, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, has also been arrested in relations to the upcoming elections. This isn’t strange as the country’s president Yoweri Museveni (Africa’s longest serving president) is known to oppress opposition and dissenting voices.
Opposition rally and events are usually subject to blockage by authorities with arrest by police being a common occurrence.
The country is gearing up to hold its presidential elections in January, and so far, campaigns have been rocked by violence as police have been directed to oppress opposition all under the guise of enforcing COVID 19 guidelines.
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