Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, is set to resume his campaigns on Thursday amid heightened tension in the country.
Bobi Wine had suspended his campaigns on Wednesday over what he termed as continued police brutality and killing of his supporters.
“Today we resume our campaigns in Kibuku, Budaka and Manafwa! Ours is a mission to freedom,” said the musician-cum-politician.
He added: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for the Lord is with me!”
Among those injured during the incident was a police officer attached to him by electoral commission who sustained a rubber bullet shot to his mouth.
In a video shared online by Bobi Wine’s campaign team, the opposition leader is seen confronting police officers who were allegedly firing bullets at his campaign convoy—suddenly a yet to be identified object exploding meters away from him.
The incident happened shortly after armed forces fired tear gas to disperse his supporters in Kayunga, East of the capital city Kampala, where 4 members of his campaign team were severely injured.
A music producer identified as Dan Magic who was seated next to Bobi wine in the car was also hit on the face
Bobi wine in a series of tweets condemned President Museveni’s administration for threats and intimidation. He also accused the electoral body of remaining mum when police are cracking down on his supporters
Police spokesman Patrick Onyango in a statement said Bobi Wine supporters had attacked security personnel and disrupted traffic and that three people, had been injured by “teargas fragments” as police and the military dispersed them.
Following the incident Bobi Wine has suspended his campaigns saying he fears for his life.
The incident is the latest in escalating violence in the Uganda as authorities’ crack down on supporters of Wine, who is seeking to end the long rule of President Yoweri Museveni in an election scheduled for Jan. 14, 2021