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Bobi Wine, Ugandan presidential challenger, and team arrested


“#Bobi #Wine and his entire campaign team arrested in #Kalangala! #Media blocked,” the tweet said.

#No further details of their arrest have yet been made available.

#Wine is challenging incumbent #President #Yoweri #Museveni — who has been in power for more than 30 years — in #January 14 elections.
The presidential candidate has accused #Museveni of being a dictator responsible for human rights abuses, after at least 45 people were killed in protests last month sparked by #Wine’s earlier arrest for contravening coronavirus regulations at a campaign rally.

#He said one of his bodyguards was run over and killed #Sunday by a military police truck, while the guard was taking a journalist to the hospital.

A spokesperson for the #Ugandan military denied #Wine’s bodyguard had been targeted.

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#In an interview with CNN earlier this month, #Wine said he had nearly been killed on two occasions in recent weeks and urged the international community to hold #Uganda’s government accountable ahead of elections next month.

#While authorities have said the restrictions are necessary to curb the spread of #Covid-19, opposition members and their supporters say they are an excuse to limit campaigning before the election.

#United #Nations human rights experts on #Tuesday released a statement expressing serious concerns about the violence ahead of #Uganda’s presidential election. They urged authorities to “put an end to the arrest, detention and judicial harassment of political opponents, civil society leaders and human rights defenders.”

#Nicholas #Opiyo, a prominent human rights activist, was arrested along with four other individuals on #December 23. #He is accused of money laundering and will be tried accordingly, a statement from authorities said.

“#Since the publication of the guidelines on the conduct of elections during #Covid-19 in #June by the #Uganda #Electoral #Commission, we have witnessed gradual shrinking of civic space, and misuse and abuse of health-related restrictions to curb dissent in the country ahead of the election on 14 #January,” said the UN experts.



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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/30/africa/bobi-wine-campaign-team-arrest-intl/index.html

##Bobi ##Wine ##Ugandan #presidential #challenger #team #arrested

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