Uganda's death toll climbs to 29 after deadly protests

Published on 20.11.2020 at 19h22 by APA News

Death toll has climbed to 29 in three days of protests in Uganda triggered by the arrest of musician-turned-presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, several Ugandan media reported Friday.Reports by  several Ugandan papers seen by APA in Kigali quoted Ugandan Police as  saying  in a statement that the deaths occurred during security  operations earlier this week.

It said that at least 65 people had been injured and about 350 arrested.

Ugandan  media reports indicate that men dressed in civilian clothes armed with  assault rifles were seen patrolling city streets and also fired bullets  at protesters and anyone taking their pictures.

It is reported to  be the worst violence to erupt on the streets of Ugandan cities since  Bobi Wine was nominated as a presidential candidate.

The National  Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate was arrested – for  violating restrictions, according to police – in Luuka District  on Wednesday. Ensuing mass protests in the country have paralysed  transport and business.

The musician is among 11 candidates  challenging President – in power since 1986 – in the  presidential election which will be held on January 14 next year.

Four  other presidential candidates; (Rtd) Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, (Rtd) Lt  Gen Henry Tumukunde, Norbert Mao and Fred Mwesigye have suspended their  campaigns in solidarity with Bobi Wine.

The NUP candidate was, by Friday morning, still detained at Nalufenya Police Station, in Jinja.

During  the protests across the country, security forces were filmed firing  tear gas and live bullets to disperse people in the capital, Kampala.

Angry demonstrators are seen burning tyres and rubbish in the streets and blockading roads in the Ugandan capital city Kampala

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