Uganda: Opposition candidate arrested after presidential nomination

Ugandan Opposition candidate Bobi Wine [photo: BBC]

Nov, 4th 2020 – Ugandan Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested after he was cleared to run for presidency by the electoral commission.

The 38 year old opposition MP was pulled by police officers from his car and thrown into a van after submitting his nomination papers to election officials in the capital Kampala. He is set to face nine other presidential candidates including President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power since 1986.

According to Head of Wine’s National Unity Party, supporters who were waiting by his home were violently dispersed by the the police. Speaking to AFP news agency, Wine said thet he was held for several hours in the police van and was tortured before the officers who had taken him home finally left.

Via phone he said, “The torture, the beating took place in the police vehicle where I was detained for close to three hours. They sprayed me with tear gas, hot metal was placed in my hands, I have scars all over, my whole body hurts.

President Museveni, who was nominated as a candidate on Monday said that his government will not tolerate activities of enemies plotting chaos. He said, “They are planning all sorts of stupid things to disrupt the election process. The ones who want to disturb our peace, don’t try because we shall deal with you. Whoever tries will regret. Nobody should be intimidated by these crooks. I am already president and want to come back. The ruling party fought to bring peace in this country. Nobody has more guns than us. But we don’t scare people.

Wine has faced escalating police harassment since announcing his intentions to challenge Museveni. The authorities, are however yet, to communicate the reason, to Bobi Wine’s arrest.

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