Ugandan pop star politician’s supporters teargassed

Singer turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine arrives for a press conference, held at his home in Magere in the outskirts of Kampala, on July 24, 2019. - Ugandan pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine on July 24, 2019 officially announced he would take on veteran President Yoweri Museveni in 2021 national elections, challenging President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 33 years. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP)

by bbcafrica

Police in Uganda on Sunday teargassed supporters of presidential candidate and musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, and denied him entry into one of the campaign venues.

Bobi Wine’s supporters who had gathered at Kumi town, east of the country, were dispersed.

His convoy was later denied entry into Sironko area and had to turn back to Mbale town where more teargas canisters were hurled at his supporters.

Bobi Wine tweeted photos of the clash between police and his supporters:

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Ugandans will vote in a general election on 14 January to elect a president and members of parliament. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for over three decades, is seeking re-election.

Health ministry guidelines discourage the politicians from drawing crowds, and to only address a maximum of 70 people.Article share tools