Singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine has accused Ugandan police of shooting at his vehicle during campaigns for the 2021 elections. Via his social media accounts the presidential hopeful, real name Robert Kyagulanyi expressed concerns for the lives of his campaign team and supporters following the incident. The young politician who is seeking to ouster long-serving president Yoweri Museveni further claimed that one of the bullets nearly hit Francis Zaake, an independent member of the Parliament for Mityana Municipality constituency. Photos shared by Bobi Wine depict his vehicle with a shattered windscreen where the bullet had allegedly penetrated through. One of the white Landcruiser's front tires is also flat, with the politician accusing police of firing at it.
“Our lives are in danger! After blocking us in Kayunga, on the way to Jinja, they blocked the main road and diverted us to a remote road. As if to set us into a 'kill spot', they shot the tyres of my car and directly into our windscreen, narrowly missing Hon Zaake and my driver,” wrote Bobi Wine.
Our lives are in danger! After blocking us in Kayunga, on the way to Jinja, they blocked the main road & diverted us to a remote road. As if to set us into a 'kill spot', they shot the tyres of my car and directly into our windscreen, narrowly missing Hon Zaake and my driver. pic.twitter.com/Y2dnHA1LyE— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) December 1, 2020
Footage of the incident also depicts a military officer firing off his gun close to Bobi Wine’s face, causing the 38-year-old to recoil from the sonic boom. Several his supporters and team members were also injured in the fracas, among them Bobi’s producer Dan Magic.
Bobi Wine stepped out of the car to question military officers why they were shooting at him and his team. This was their response!— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) December 1, 2020
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Bobi Wine's bid to end Museveni's rule has gained support among the youth but has been met with force from security organs numerous times during the campaign. In a formal complaint submitted t the electoral commission on November 26, Bobi Wine's National Unity Platform party accused the police of "political persecution including torture, harassment, intimidation and humiliation."
In the submission, NUP decried the beating, teargassing, shooting and arrest without just cause of their supporters, actions they said were not replicated on Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement supporters. The NUP further accused police officers of knocking down and killing two of their supporters on 24 and 16 November while trailing their campaign entourage in vehicles with concealed number plates. They also accused police of arresting Bobi on November 18 and detaining him for two days hence, missing campaigns in seven districts. During the arrest, the NUP candidate was pepper-sprayed, arrested and taken to Nalufenya Police Station without access to his family, lawyers and doctors. He was arraigned on November 20 and charged with violating COVID-19 protocols.
In perhaps the most infamous incident yet that happened two years ago, the father of four was arrested and tortured by security forces, sparking anti-government demonstrations. He was arrested on August 13 alongside four lawmakers on suspicion of involvement in the stoning of a presidential convoy during a by-election campaign.