Bobi Wine: Presidential rival’s arrest sparks deadly Uganda protests

Publishedduration58 minutes agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionA supporter of presidential candidate Bobi Wine is detained in eastern Uganda

Sixteen people have been killed in two days of protests in Uganda triggered by the arrest of musician-turned-presidential candidate Bobi Wine.

The deaths occurred during security operations, police said in a statement, adding that a further 65 people had been injured and about 350 arrested.

The cause of the deaths or the nature of the injuries was not disclosed.

Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, was arrested on Wednesday for violating Covid restrictions, police said.

The 38-year-old has been accused of flouting coronavirus prevention guidelines against drawing large crowds following a campaign rally in the east of the country.

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The young musician is among 11 candidates challenging President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

The election will be held on 14 January next year.

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