Ugandan presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine has said his life is danger after police fired live bullets at his car, narrowly missing his driver and members of team.
Bobi Wine says police and military operatives diverted him from the main highway leading to the Eastern city of Jinja to another remote, only to fall into what seemed like an ambush.
“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 tyres of my car and directly into our windscreen, narrowly missing Hon Zaake and my driver,” Wine wrote on his social media platforms.
He has reportedly suspended the campaign to meet the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama over the continued police brutality.
Earlier, several people were severely injured as security forces dispersed Wine’s supporters, in Kayunga, near Kampala.
Four members of his campaign team have been injured. One of them, identified as Bobi Wine’s music producer Dan Magic, was hit in the face.
A police officer who is part of the security detail given to presidential candidates by the Electoral Commission also suffered head injuries.
Almost two weeks ago, 54 people died in protests as the candidates’ supporters called for his release from detention. He had been arrested at a campaign rally.
Bobi Wine was later charged with violating pandemic restrictions on gathering of crowds and granted bail.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni condemned protesters and warned opposition politicians who he said misled young people to get involved in violence.