29 Are Dead Over B obi Wine Arrest
By: Denis Kayongo. Protests against the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has risen to 29.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) flag bearer was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka District while on the campaign trail.
Police and medical sources said most of the deceased died of gunshot wounds and suffocation.
At least 19 people were killed in Kampala Metropolitan Police, which covers Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukono districts. Police, however, put the official figure at 16.
Many Opositin Presidential Candidates Suspended campaigns by Yesterday
His fellow presidential candidates (Rtd) Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, (Rtd) Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, Mr Norbert Mao and Mr Fred Mwesigye suspended their campaigns in solidarity with the NUP candidate.
On Wednesday, protests broke out in different parts of the country after Bobi Wine’s arrest on allegations of violating guidelines to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has so far claimed 158 lives in the country.
The police were joined in by the regular army, the Military Police and Special Forces Command to quell the protests.
Men dressed in civilian clothes armed with assault rifles were seen patrolling the city streets and also fired bullets at protesters and anyone who was taking their pictures.
Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the director of Police Health Services, who was at Kampala Capital City Mortuary, said since the start of the protests, 65 patients were received and some had serious injuries.