Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine stated troopers raided his house on Tuesday and arrested his safety guards, two days earlier than an election pitting the singer-turned-lawmaker towards one among Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also referred to as Bobi Wine, talks throughout an interview with Reuters at his house in Magere, Wakiso district on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda January 3, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa/File Picture
“The military has this morning raided my house, arrested all my safety guards and anybody they may see round my premises,” Wine, who’s the opposition frontrunner, stated on Twitter.
“No motive for the arrest was given,” he stated.
The arrests occurred whereas Wine was doing a reside radio interview with Kenya’s Scorching 96 FM station. “We’re being raided by army,” Wine stated. “I’ve to finish the interview as a result of I can see troopers beating my safety guards.”
Spokesmen for the army and the police didn’t reply to cellphone calls in search of remark.
Ugandans vote on Thursday in presidential and parliamentary elections.
Wine, whose star energy has rattled the ruling social gathering, is the frontrunner amongst 10 candidates difficult President Yoweri Museveni, a former guerrilla chief who seized energy in 1986.
Scores of opposition protesters have been killed throughout a marketing campaign scarred by crackdowns on Wine’s rallies which the authorities say contravene curbs on gatherings to cease the unfold of COVID-19. Wine has been arrested a number of instances whereas campaigning.
Whereas Museveni, 76, has lengthy been seen as a stabilising power in Uganda after the brutal reigns of two army dictators, opponents say his authorities has turn out to be riddled with corruption and nepotism.
Wine additionally stated in a separate submit on Twitter that troopers raided the house of one among his aides in a single day and took the person to an unknown vacation spot.
Museveni introduced on Twitter that he would handle the nation at 7 pm native time (1600 GMT) on Tuesday.