Protests Break Out in Kampala Over Bobi Wine Arrest

Sporadic protests have Wednesday afternoon broke out in different parts of Kampala, and other districts following the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine).

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Bobi Wine was arrested earlier today in Luuka district for flouting campaign guidelines.

He was picked by police from a crowd of hundreds of supporters, and bundled in a police truck.

Such crowded campaign rallies remain banned to prevent the spread of Covid 19

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By publication of this story, Bobi Wine was still detained at Nalufenya Police in Jinja.

Following the reports, protests broke out in different places including downtown Kampala, Banda, Kireka, Bweyogerere, Namanve Seeta and Kiira in Wakiso.

Similar protests were also reported elsewhere in Mbale, Iganga, Jinja and Mukono.

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The protesters took to the streets and burnt down tires, which forced the police and the army to butt in and disperse them with teargas and live bullets.

Back at Nalufenya, security intervened to push out a handful of supporters who came to demand Bobi Wine’s release. By 3pm, the facility was being guarded by the military.

Namande Bugembe protesting at Nalufenya

One of the protesters, a female cripple identified Namande Bugembe camped at the facility and refused to leave.

There were also reports that Radio Busoga One in Jinja which was broadcasting the Bobi Wine campaign events live was closed.

Police were yet to comment on the developments.

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