US condemns violence amid Ugandan protests


by bbcafrica

The US has condemned the violence that gripped Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and other major towns following Wednesday’s arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, known as musician Bobi Wine.

Bobi Wine was arrested during an election rally in the eastern district of Luuka after being accused of violating coronavirus guidelines set by the electoral commission.

His supporters have called for his release.

Police said three people died and dozens were injured in the protests.

The US mission there has urged “all parties to renounce violence” and to undertake measures to reduce tensions.

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Uganda will hold presidential elections in January.