Uganda’s presidential candidate Bobi Wine [photo: Citizen TV]
Dec, 3rd 2020 – Uganda’s presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, says he’ll resume his campaign today. He says he’s told the country’s electoral body to protect opposition politicians from police harassment.
“Today we resume our campaigns in Kibuku, Budaka and Manafwa! Ours is a mission to freedom. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for the Lord is with me!”
Bobi Wine suspended his campaign on Tuesday, after his team members were injured as police dispersed his supporters at a rally.
He spoke to journalists in Kampala, after meeting the head of the country’s electoral body, chief Simon Byabakama. He said, “We narrowly survived death. We came here to tell the electoral commission to take charge of the electoral process or resign if they cannot stop police brutality.”
Wine addressing the commission had carried photos of his injured supporters to the meeting asking the commission to address his concerns. He has captured the imagination of many in Uganda as he has challenged President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 36 years.
Police have accused Bobi Wine of flouting Covid-19 guidelines which state that a presidential candidate should address fewer than 200 people. The violent protests left 54 people dead in the month of November after police arrested him and charged him of being involved in acts that can enhance the spread of the virus.
The unrest has been termed as the country’s worst unrest in a decade. Chief Byabakama told journalists that all presidential candidates must follow the Covid-19 guidelines and protocols. He said, “No one is above the law. All the candidates are supposed to follow guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.”