Bobi Wine Nominated, Arrested and Tear gased

Police in Kampala has arrested Presidential hopeful Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who also doubles as the President for National Unity Platform (NUP) shortly after he was duly nominated to compete with President Museveni for the highest office in Uganda ahead of 2021 general elections.

Bobi Wine who was escorted by his wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, Hon Francis Zaake, Asuman Basalirwa among others reached Kyambogo Nomination Center at 10:30pm amidst heavy convoy and went straight to the nomination tent where he faced with EC Officials headed by EC Boss Justice Simon Byabakama.

He was seconded by his wife who presented his academic papers and other essential documents for verification. The verification of his documents took close to 30 minutes. At exactly 11:00am, EC Boss Justice Simon Byabakama duly nominated Kyagulanyi to contest for the position of President ahead of 2021 Presidential elections.

At exactly 12:00pm Kyagulanyi and his team left Kyambogo nomination ground with a lot of Jubilations heading to their main offices in Kamwokya where he was to launch his manifesto. However, his journey was cut short when police arrested him just a few meters from Kyambogo play ground.

Police blocked his land cruiser vehicle, smashed his windows and forced him out. He was later put in the standby police van and whisked him back to his home.


Meanwhile tear gas rocked most areas of Kampala where Bobi wine passed as he was heading to nomination ground in Kyambogo. As he reached Kisaasi, he blocked by his thousands of supporters who wanted to great him and police was forced to tear gas the gathering to have Bobi wine reach Kyambogo on time.

Military officers on ground with Bobi wine’s supporters during his nomination. Photo from New Vision

Even at Nakawa round about, hundreds of Bobi, wine supporters blocked the road as he was heading to Kyambogo and police used some minimal force to disperse them. Police also heavily deployed in all junctions. Police closed Kiseka Market where violence was expected to begin. All roads heading to chaotic areas were closed and heavily deployed.

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