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Profile: Who was Bobi Wine’s Driver, Yasin Kawuma?

Particulars of Bobi Wine’s driver who was shot dead on Monday evening during the violence in Arua town have emerged.

Born in 1992, Kawuma hailed from Masaka.

Kawuma belonged to UYD, a youth wing of the opposition Democratic Party.

He has been serving as Bobi’s driver for the last few years.

He was a senior four leaver and left behind kids and a widow.

Kawuma contested in the recently-concluded Local Council 1 elections for the position of Chairman, Lusanja, Mpererwe in Wakiso District.

Police spokesperson Emillian Mr Kayima said in a statement on Monday that President Museveni’s motorcade was attacked at around 6:30 pm by what he termed as “hooligans”, as he left Booma grounds where he held the last rally for the ruling NRM candidate Nusura Tiperu.

“One of his lead cars was attacked and smashed by hooligans that were donning colors of one of the contestants, Kassiano Wadri,” said the police mouthpiece.

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He said one person was shot dead as “Security forces quickly intervened to calm the situation; which became riotous as many were pelting stones to the convoy of the president, which is unacceptable.”

“Unfortunately in the scuffle one person was fatally injured in car number UAT 416K Tundra,” he said.

The car belongs to Bobi Wine and the deceased; the MP confirmed was his own driver.

Kayima said however, that they were yet to positively identify the deceased since he was found with no personal documents.

Ugandans took to social media on Monday night to condemn the violence that took Kawuma’s life and also threatened the president’s life.

Former Minister Asuman Kiyingi said Kawuma was killed in circumstances similar to those in which Asuman Walyendo was killed in Bugiri a few weeks back.

“These were young men leaving behind small children and widows,” said Kiyingi.

“Inciting youths to threaten the President’s security by stoning his car or convoy is irresponsible and condemnable. Those culpable must answer for their actions,” he added.

“Our security forces also need to improve on the methods used to contain unruly crowds. Use of disproportionate force leading to death is criminal. No one deserves to die in circumstances like these,” he emphasised.

UYD is today Tuesday expected to hold a press conference on the death of its member, which it described as unacceptable.

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