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2021 Elections: Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets Dominate Day Two of Presidential Nominations

Contrary to yesterday’s Presidential nominations that were largely peaceful, security forces have today used teargas to disperse enthusiastic opposition supporters who had lined up by the Jinja Road highway to cheer on their favorite candidates.

Many of these were supporters of the National Unity Platform’s (NUP) Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu and Patrick Amuriat Oboi of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

With all roads heading to the Electoral Commission’s Kyambogo nomination center closed, the groups positioned themselves at Nakawa-Kinawataka road, Nakawa Market and Nakawa-Ntinda road eager to catch a glimpse of their icons.

However, Police toughened up when some of Bobi Wine’s supporters tried to force their way past a security road block at Spear Motors, Nakawa.

Some of Bobi Wine’s supporters

By press time, Police was still engaging FDC supporters who had pitched camp at Nakawa Market.

Whereas Bobi Wine was allowed to proceed to the nomination center unscathed, some of his lieutenants such as Producer Dan Magic were bounced while Makindye Mayor Ali Mulyanyama and his Nakawa counterpart Ronald Balimwezo were both tear gassed.

Bobi Wine’s Producer Dan Magic was blocked from escorting his client to Kyambogo.

On the other hand, Amuriat was forcefully delivered by Police to Kyambogo after a Tuesday morning altercation with Police at the Party’s Najjanankumbi seat, something the Leader of Opposition (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan condemned.

Bobi Wine after arriving in Nakawa on his way to Kyambogo.

“We wanted to access our Party headquarters to get our flags and manifestos but they could not allow me to enter the party headquarters. When I decided to check on one person who was shot, they decided to teargas me,” she told ChimpReports.

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It is understood that a one, Arinaitwe Everest was shot by a stray rubber bullet.

 

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