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Nov, 20th 2020 – Nine more people have died in Uganda following the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, alias Bobi Wine thus bringing the total number to 16 within two days of protests.
Police say that the deaths occurred during security operations, adding that a further 65 people have been injured and about 350 arrested. The unrest comes as a result of accusations on Bobi Wine for flouting coronavirus prevention guidelines and drawing large crowds during a campaign rally in the east of the country.
Youths were seen burning tyres and blocked streets in Uganda’s capital, Kampala as soldiers fanned out across the city with armoured vehicles.
A military spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, told Reuters, “This is a war-like situation, so the army has to deploy. You can see what is going on, people are being stoned, people are being killed, vehicles are being vandalized, tyres everywhere. These things are spontaneous on all streets, so police cannot handle such a situation.”
The unrest in Uganda echoe recent violence in other African countries which are election related, where opposition figures have accused entrenched leaders of manipulating the rules and rigged the polls in order to extend their stay in power.
President Yoweri Museveni is vying for a record sixth term in office.