National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, has been blocked from holding a campaign activity in Kalangala Island.
He was later moved to Kampala.
A military chopper was earlier sent to Kalangala as Bobi moved to the area.
Police said in a statement that claims by NUP and other social media platforms that Hon.Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert has been arrested, while on his campaign trail in Kalangala District were “false.”
“We would like to clarify that the candidate was restrained for continuously holding massive rallies amidst the increased threats of coronavirus, in total disregard of the Electoral commission and Ministry of Health guidelines. He’s being transferred to his home in Magere, Kampala,” said Police.
“Part of his advance team, captured on Cctv cameras and several video footages, while deflating tyres of police motor vehicles , inciting violence, obstructing police officers on duty, violating the health and safety protocols and various traffic offences, have been arrested for further statement recording.”
According to EC’s updated campaign programme, Bobi was today expected to hold a campaign meeting in Kalangala.
MV Kalangala, the ferry which carried Bobi’s cars from Masaka, also had teargas trucks on board.
Some journalists covering Bobi were temporarily arrested before being released by security personnel.
Security remains tight in Kalangala with the military and anti-riot police personnel reinforcing local police at the island.
In the 2016 elections, President Museveni won Kalangala with 53% of the vote with his main rival Dr Kizza Besigye coming second with 42%.
The main economic activities at the island are fishing and tourism.
Bobi Wine has previously been arrested for violating Health Ministry guidelines during campaigns, sparking violence on different parts of the country.
This story has been updated to include the police statement on today’s development in Kalangala.