NUP Presidential Aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi arrested in Luuka, protests break out, multiple people injured in police clashes.
BY Our reporter
National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine was today arrested in Luuka District where he had been scheduled to address his supporters as he seeks to unseat President Yoweri Museveni from his seat in January 14 2021 General Elections.
Kyagulanyi was arrested on Wednesday morning following a scuffle between his supporters and security operatives at his campaign venue.
According to Kyagulanyi’s campaign team, police officers made their way to Kyagulanyi’s official vehicle and forcefully arrested him while on a campaign trail in Luuka district.
“Police under the command of Mwesigwa Frank of counter terrorism police has violently broken into Hon Kyagulanyi’s car and arrested him at Luuka District headquarter grounds,” they said..
Police accused Kyagulanyi of having more than 200 supporters recommended by the Ministry of Health after easing of restriction aimed at controlling the spread of Covid-19.
Kyagulanyi was driven to Nalufenya prison in a police patrol car while his motorcade was blocked in Luuka.
Chaos erupted in different parts of the country following the news of his arrest. Three people were reportedly shot dead in Kampala.
Bobi Wine’s arrest comes after the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola warned presidential candidates against defying Electoral Commission guidelines in a bid to prevent further spread of Covid-19.
“We have disseminated our comprehensive policing plan to all territorial commanders for them to implement without fear or favor,” Ochola said in a statement.
Protests are still ongoing in various surburbs in Kampala, as well as other districts like Masaka and Iganga.
More updates to follow.