Uganda’s Bobi Wine says his bodyguard was ‘deliberately’ killed

“I regret announcing the assassination of my member of the security team, Francis Senteza Kalibala, or Frank. He was deliberately assaulted by a military police truck,” wrote Wine, a pop musician who became a politician. Twitter.

A Ugandan army spokesman denied that Wine’s bodyguard had been targeted.

“UPDF (Ugandan People’s Defense Force) wants to make it clear that the late Senteza … was not hit by a military police vehicle, but rather fell off a fast car … he tried to jump to (sic) , but the case is down, “Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, the spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter late Sunday.

According to Wine, the incident took place while his team was taking local journalist Ashraf Kasirye to medical help after he was wounded by police.

‘He’s in critical condition,’ Wine posted on Twitter of Kasirye’s injury. “We hope against the hope that he will live.”

Fred Enanga, police spokesperson, told Reuters that supporters of Wine gathered in Masaka, 125 kilometers (78 miles) southwest of the capital Kampala, on Sunday.

Wine tweeted that he attended a church service in the city.

Bobi Wine calls on US to hold Uganda accountable for human rights and says he has been killed almost twice

Enanga said Wine’s supporters were violent but gave no further details on what they did.

“Teargas were used to suppress the violence. The journalists were unfortunately caught during the spread of the violent group,” Enanga said in a statement, adding that the circumstances were being investigated.

Enanga told Reuters that Kasirye sustained a serious injury above his left eye ‘allegedly from a (tear gas) container’.

In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Wine said he had been killed almost twice in the past few weeks and called on the international community to hold Uganda’s government accountable before next month’s election.

Wine also accused the military of taking over the election process, saying his campaign team was gassed with live bullets in tears and shot at them.

Bobi Wine says police fired through the window of his vehicle as he tried to cross a roadblock on Dec. 1.
Wine is challenging incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for more than 30 years, in the January 14 election. The musician accused Museveni of being a dictator responsible for human rights violations, after at least 45 people were killed last month in protests sparked by Wine’s arrest for violating Covid-19 regulations during a campaign .

Although authorities have said the restrictions are needed to curb the spread of Covid-19, opposition members and their supporters say they are an excuse to curb pre-election campaigns.

At the time, witnesses told CNN that armed police, military and ordinary clothing fired guns in dense urban areas to suppress the protests. The accounts were backed up by several videos shared on social media during the chaos.

Additional reporting by Reuters.