Ugandan soldiers arrested opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine during a campaign stop Wednesday in the Kalangala district. This is the third time Wine has been arrested since launching his campaign to unseat President Yoweri Museveni.
“Kalangala is not one of the districts where campaigns were banned,” said Joel Senyonyi, spokesperson of Wine’s National Unity Platform party or NUP. “So, he went to campaign, but to his shock when he got there, the military surrounded him and arrested the entire team, 90 of them. Took them to different places. We understand he’s being airlifted, we don’t know to where.”
Senyonyi says the Museveni government is trying to frighten the NUP. “But clearly all these are illegal acts being done by the regime, to intimidate us, to break our resolve,” he said. “But we are a lot more resolute than before. We’ll keep pressing him, we’ll keep going. Mr. Museveni must go. The Ugandan police in a statement asked the public to disregard what they call false claims by the National Unity Platform that Wine has been arrested.
Police say Wine was restrained for continuously holding massive rallies amid the threat of coronavirus, in what police called a total disregard of the electoral commission and Ministry of Health guidelines. The police say Wine is being transferred to his home in the capital, Kampala. They also say that part of Wine’s advance team was arrested because they were caught on camera deflating the tires of police motor vehicles, inciting violence, obstructing police officers on duty, violating the health and safety protocols, and various traffic offenses.