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Bobi wine accuses Uganda police of cover up in death of his supporter

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By Grace Ng'ang'a | Feb 25th 2020 | 2 min read

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Uganda’s Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, dismissed police statement in regards to the death of one of his supporter, comrade Ritah Nabukenya.

Bobi Wine claims police are responsible for the death but on the other hand police say they have nothing to do with it.

According to Bobi Wine, he was scheduled to hold a consultative meeting on Monday, but the police blocked him and his supporters from accessing a Uganda hotel, arguing that he had not met the set guidelines.

As a result, his supporters protested and the police responded by using teargas and live bullets, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

It was during this commotion that Nabukenya was reported to have been knocked down by a vehicle while riding on a motorcycle, according to The Observer newspaper.

The MP however has different accounts over the death of the woman.

He accused the police of causing her death.

“Police officers in a patrol vehicle saw comrade Rita Nabukenya donning our attire, drove after her and knocked her dead in broad daylight. We must end this regime of blood,” said Wine.

The police however, according to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire said the woman was seriously injured after falling off the motorcycle and a police vehicle was used to take her to the hospital where she died while receiving treatment.

Wine is however blaming the Uganda police for intimidating eye witnesses.

“Several journalists went to Nakawa to speak to eye witnesses about the death of comrade Ritah Nabukenya. Witnesses have all been intimidated and ordered not to speak to any journalist about what they saw. As always, police wants to lie about what happened,” he said.

Bobi Wine previously declared his interest in challenging President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 33 years in the next general election.

On Monday the politician petitioned Uganda Electoral Commission to intervene and help him resume his consultation meetings on his 2021 presidential bid, saying police have become a stumbling block.

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