Uganda’s Bobi Wine released on bail as protest death toll rises to 37
By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine, whose arrest this week triggered protests that led to at least 37 deaths, was released on bail on Friday after being charged with holding rallies likely to spread the coronavirus.
The violence comes as campaigns kick off ahead of January elections in the oil-rich East African nation, whose ageing leader Yoweri Musaveni is a staunch Western ally but faces accusations of corruption and nepotism at home, which he denies.
Opposition leader Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was arrested on Wednesday while campaigning in eastern Uganda for allegedly holding mass rallies in violation of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Wine decided to run for president over there. He’s been jailed and who knows what else. This has been going on for about 2-3 years. To think protests would lead to these deaths, they need to fid this.