Bobi Wine’s arrest on Wednesday November 18th sparked off protests in Kampala with his supporters demanding for his release.
The firebrand politician was arrested in Luuka district for flouting Covid-19 guidelines which require only 200 people at a campaign venue. He is currently in custody at Nalufenya police station in Jinja City.
Opposition leaders have united to demand Bobi Wine’s release, with some suspending their campaign in solidarity with the detained MP.
Presidential candidates Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu and Norbert Mao have strongly condemned Wine’s arrest, and demanded his immediate release.
“The impunity with which security operatives are operating in the continued harassment and now arrest of Hon. Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) is leading this country closer to a breaking point. If the regime can act in the manner in blatant disregard of the act being captured on TV, shows how desperate and reckless the regime is as of now. If a presidential candidate can be arrested in that manner, the population should ask themselves…what happens to people that are not at that elevation,” Mugisha Muntu said in a statement.
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Another presidential contender Norbert Mao called on all democracy seeking forces to cooperate in highlighting and combating police brutality in Uganda.
“I have instructed the DP National Legal Advisor Counsel Luyimbazi Nalukoola to take legal steps to ensure that the NUP Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi who is in detention is released from custody immediately,” Norbert Mao’s statement read in part.
Independent presidential candidate Gen. Henry Tumukunde, said Uganda was at a turning point in history and that how authorities are operating shows disregard of the current state of affairs.
Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu meanwhile announced on Twitter that he was suspending his campaign in solidary with Bobi Wine.
We havebdecided to pause our presidential campaign activities until our colleagues, @HEBobiwine and @PatrickAmuriat are released and their freedom to campaign guaranteed.
We call upon government to recognise that this isn't business as usual.#ChangeIsComing#CountryBeforeSelf pic.twitter.com/1VFQlSw5ks
— Mugisha Muntu (@mugishamuntu) November 18, 2020