Death toll from Uganda clashes rises to 29

Friday November 20 2020
Bobi wine

Ugandan supporters of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine stage a protest outside the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi on November 19, 2020, demanding his release and an end to police brutality. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIRU | NMG


Twenty-nine people have been killed in violent clashes between Ugandan security forces and supporters of detained opposition leader Bobi Wine, police said on Friday.

The pop star turned politician was arrested on Wednesday while on the campaign trail.

Police and medical sources said most of the victims succumbed to gunshot wounds.

At least 19 people were killed in the Kampala metropolitan area. Police, however, put the official figure at 16.

“We are still analysing and receiving reports of the casualties,” Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said.

By Friday morning, Wine was still detained in a police station.


Suspend campaigns

His fellow presidential candidates (Rtd) Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, (Rtd) Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, Mr Norbert Mao and Mr Fred Mwesigye suspended their campaigns in solidarity with the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate.

On Wednesday, protests broke out in different parts of the country after Wine’s arrest on allegations of violating guidelines to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The police were joined in by the regular army, the military police and special forces command to quell the protests.

Men dressed in civilian clothes armed with assault rifles were seen patrolling the city streets and also firing bullets at protesters and anyone who was taking their pictures.

It was not clear which security organisation they were attached to.