Bobi Wine

Fearing for His Life, Opposition Presidential Candidate Bobi Wine Calls Off Campaigns

Ugandan Presidential Bobi Wine, has suspended his campaigns after police shot one of his aides and wounded a bodyguard identified.

The injured body guard was identified as Wilfred Kato Kubai.

Uganda’s Daily Monitor also reports that Wine’s assistant Daniel Oyerwot, famously known as Dan Magic, survived with mutilated lips as police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse supporters at Kyampisi trading centre in Kayunga District.

Wine’s car was also shot at as he attempted to bypass a military blockade as he arrived in Jinja City for his second rally.

Electoral commission silent with the opposition leaders has accusing the Justice Simon Byabakama-led Electoral Commission (EC) of keeping silent even as police continue to target his supporters.

He asked his supporters to remain calm and indicated that he would seek a meeting with EC Wednesday to discuss the way forward.

“We have been brutalised and killed but the EC has continuously remained silent on these matters. Do they want me killed before they come out? Are they even in charge of this election or they are hoodwinking Ugandans?” Mr Kyagulanyi asked shortly after the Jinja shooting.

“Over 100 people were killed two weeks ago during the riots, although the government only mentioned 54. I was abducted at the nomination centre right in front of EC; my campaigns have been blocked and, just yesterday, five people were killed. In all this, EC has been quiet. Tomorrow we shall go and face them and demand for these answers,” he said on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s shootings in Kayunga and Jinja came exactly five days after EC wrote to the Inspector -General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola asking him to stop blocking presidential candidates and indicated that they have a right to move and access the designated campaign venues and hold their meetings in compliance with the Covid-19 standard operating procedures as issued by the Commission.

Mr Paul Bukenya, the acting EC spokesperson, told Daily Monitor Tuesday evening that the commission had seen images of the confrontation between police and Mr Kyagulanyi and that they were ready to receive his complaints.

 

 

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