Sporadic protests have Wednesday afternoon broke out in different parts of Kampala, and other districts following the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine).
Bobi Wine was arrested earlier today in Luuka district for flouting campaign guidelines.
He was picked by police from a crowd of hundreds of supporters, and bundled in a police truck.
Such crowded campaign rallies remain banned to prevent the spread of Covid 19
By publication of this story, Bobi Wine was still detained at Nalufenya Police in Jinja.
Following the reports, protests broke out in different places including downtown Kampala, Banda, Kireka, Bweyogerere, Namanve Seeta and Kiira in Wakiso.
Similar protests were also reported elsewhere in Mbale, Iganga, Jinja and Mukono.
The protesters took to the streets and burnt down tires, which forced the police and the army to butt in and disperse them with teargas and live bullets.
Earlier today, Paul Bukenya, the Spokesperson of the Electoral Commission said a section of politicians especially opposition have diverted from the initial agreed mode of campaigning and decided to hold mass rallies and processions, which is exposing the voters to contraction of the deadly COVI-19 disease.
“Any campaign meeting, which is organized in the harmonized way, on the agreed date, with the number that we agreed upon with guidance from the Ministry of Health, cannot be foiled and wherever the police have foiled them is because such campaigns are illegal,” he said.
“It is the duty of Police and Health officials to stop any campaign that is outside the above preparations, because it is endangering the lives of Ugandans.”
Back at Nalufenya, security intervened to push out a handful of supporters who came to demand Bobi Wine’s release. By 3pm, the facility was being guarded by the military.
One of the protesters, a female cripple identified Namande Bugembe camped at the facility and refused to leave.
There were also reports that Radio Busoga One in Jinja which was broadcasting the Bobi Wine campaign events live was closed.
Police were yet to comment on the developments.
However, police chief Okoth Ochola said the law enforcement body would take firm action against candidates holding processions to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
“Despite repeated warnings issued to candidates, their agents and wider public about the negative impact and health risks of holding unauthorized rallies and processions, we continue to witness acts of defiance and total disregard of the EC guidelines,” said Ochola.