Police are using teargas and live bullets to disperse crowds in Kayunga, Central Uganda, where presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is scheduled to campaign this Tuesday.
Police blocked the main road leading to Kayunga town, sparking a fight with his supporters.
Journalists took cover under a storm of bullets as shopkeepers abandoned their shops and fled to safety.
One of Bobi’s close associates, Dan Magic, a music producer, has sustained facial injuries in today’s fracas.
Magic was struck in the face by an unknown object before being rushed in an ambulance to a health facility for treatment.
Since the presidential nominations began in November, police have been blocking candidates from holding campaign meetings.
Police say politicians are flouting COVID-19 prevention guidelines by holding processions and addressing huge rallies.
However, the opposition presidential candidates say they are being targeted by police to frustrate their campaigns.
In Kayunga, police are engaging Kyagulanyi’s supporters in street battles.
The military has been deployed to reinforce the police personnel in the area. Bobi is also expected to address rallies in Jinja and Kamuli later today.