Violent protests erupted across the country, notably in Kampala, on 18 and 19 November following the arrest of opponent Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi), candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) to the presidential election scheduled for 14 January 2021. The opponent was arrested in the city of Luuka and taken into custody, accused of violating the restrictions relating to Coronavirus 18 November.
According to the local press, clashes were triggered between demonstrators and security forces. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who blocked roads and burned tires. Scenes of vandalism have been reported.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman announced during a press conference on 19 November that at least 16 people had been killed and 45 others injured in the clashes on 18 and 19 November. At least 350 people, accused of participating in illegal demonstrations, incitement to violence, damage to property, looting and other offenses, were arrested. Other protests took place in the towns of Jinja and Masaka.
Meanwhile, police in Gulu town in northern Uganda briefly arrested Patrick Amuriat, the presidential candidate of the country’s largest opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change, 18 November.
We remind you that Bobi Wine is regularly arrested by the security forces, as on November 3 following the filing of his candidacy for the presidential election (SSF 18/11/2020).
Ongoing of protests and tensions can be expected over the next few hours and days to come. Keep away from gatherings due to the risk of clashes.