2021 Election Watch

Bobi Wine’s new campaign team arrested in Mbale

Police and the Military have arrested the new campaign team of the National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine as he traveled to Namayingo on Thursday morning.

Members of his campaign team including security, medical and the media have since been detained by police over yet to be known charges.

Bobi Wine posted on Facebook: “Yet again we have been way laid by the regime police and militarily in a swamp on our way from Mbale to Namayingo and all our new campaign team has been arrested including security, medical and media personnel,”

As usual, he said, no explanation has been given.

Police have previously accused Bobi Wine of breaching a campaigning ban, ostensibly introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the district he was heading to wasn’t covered by the ban.

Photographs from the scene showed Bobi Wine campaign team members being arrested by the military.

Bobi Wine was wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest, which he has said he uses to prevent injuries whenever police disperse his meetings.

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Uganda’s long-term president, Yoweri Museveni, who has held power since 1986, faces a strong challenge from Bobi Wine, who has rallied impoverished young people.

Efforts to intimidate Bobi Wine since he announced his candidacy have included him being arrested several times, on the first occasion only minutes after his formal nomination in the capital, Kampala.


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