By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday December 1, 2020.
At least one supporter of Uganda’s top opposition political party leader and head of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine was killed, Monday November 30, 2020, when he was run over by a police patrol truck in the Central Ugandan town of Nagalama.
“Rest in Peace Mohamad Ssebandeke. This young man was murdered by the Uganda Police yesterday in Nagalama under the command of Nyangoma Grace the DPC. He was run over by a police patrol truck. His crime was supporting me. General Museveni must stop killing Ugandans. #WeAreRemovingADictator #14thJan2021,” Bobi Wine announced, Tuesday.
Police on Tuesday December 1, 2020 also shot and injured several supporters and team members of Bobi Wine while he was on a campaign trail in Kayunga in Central Uganda. The police and military attacked and shot at many of his team members and other Ugandans who gathered to wave to him, the NUP leader also listed one of his close friends among victims of the assault.
“My friend and producer Dan Magic has been hit in the face! ASP Kato, a police officer attached to me has also been severely injured. Many comrades are gravely injured. Pray for us. Pray for Uganda. We shall overcome!” Bobi Wine said in a statement, Tuesday.
Francis Zaake, an independent member of the Uganda Parliament for the Mityana Municipality, a constituency in Central Uganda, including Bobi Wine were shot at when police barricaded a road at Jinja.
“Our lives are in great danger! After blocking our campaign in Kayunga, on our way to the next one in Jinja, the police and military as usual blocked the main road and diverted us to a remote road. This was as if intended to set us into their convenient ‘kill spot’. When they thought no one was watching, the police and military shot the tires of my car and directly into our windscreen, narrowly missing Hon Zaake and my driver,” Bobi Wine said.
Bobi Wine also said, Saturday November 28, 2020, the military after imposing a daytime curfew, beat up and harassed residents of at least three locales where he was due to campaign.
Bobi Wine stated the daytime was imposed as a move to disrupt his campaign in Luwero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke in Central Uganda.
“A daytime curfew has been imposed on the people of Luwero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke today ahead of our campaign. The military is beating people forcing them to close their shops and houses and ordering them to remain indoors. This is a place M7 calls his #Mecca,” Bobi Wine said referring to the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni as M7.
Elsewhere, incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni campaigned in many districts unperturbed, including the Bukedi sub-region of Eastern Uganda on Saturday November 28, 2020, with his campaign dubbed, Securing Your Future.
Museveni also met with youths from Kween, Kapchorwa, and Bukwo Districts of the country’s Sebei Region, Saturday, among other uninterrupted campaign trails.
General elections will be held in Uganda on Thursday January 14, 2021, to elect the President and Parliamentarians.