National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has suspended today’s campaign rally in Jinja and accused police of shooting at his car.
He says he plans to meet Electoral Commission officials tomorrow over “the continued brutality by security operatives”.
This followed the day’s events that saw one of his guards and aides shot at as police dispersed his supporters in Kayunga District.
“The police and military have attacked us yet again, shot and injured many of my team members and other Ugandans who gathered to wave to me in Kayunga,” he said.
“My friend and producer Dan Magic has been hit in the face! ASP Kato, a police officer attached to me has also been badly injured. Many comrades are gravely injured. Pray for us. Pray for Uganda. We shall overcome!”
He said the struggle for freedom and democracy is worth every pain.
“Ultimately, the people of Uganda will triumph! Like I said a few days ago, we start every day not knowing how it will end.”
He said they come in peace to preach their message, but the military responds with brutality and violence.
“Yet in all this, we know that our struggle is a just one. Gen. Museveni will eventually understand that this country belongs to Ugandans.”
According to Bobi Wine, each time there is conflict and persecution, but ultimately there is victory and celebration.
“We shall overcome in the end and our country will be a better place to live on for us all again.”
“Uganda will be FREE! We shall be free or die trying. Our lives are in great danger!”
After blocking his campaign in Kayunga, on the way to the next one in Jinja, the police and military as usual blocked the main road and diverted him to a remote road.
“This was as if intended to set us into their convenient ‘kill spot’.
When they thought no one was watching, the police and military shot the tyres of my car and directly into our windscreen, narrowly missing Hon Francis Zaake and my driver.”
When Bobi Wine stepped out of the car to question military officers why they were shooting at him and his team, the response was more bullets and teargas.
“Our crime is preaching a message of change. Our crime is campaigning in an election. Our crime is moving across the country. Our crime is being received by our people with love. And Gen. Museveni has determined that the penalty for this crime is torture, brutalisation and death.”