Uganda: Bobi Wine Charged With Spreading Coronavirus

Ugandan Presidential candidate and singer, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) has been charged with spreading COVID-19.

Bobi Wine was on Friday, granted bail by a Ugandan court following his arrest earlier in the week.

The musician, 38, was arrested during his rally, with the protests that followed his arrest leading to the death of at least 28 people from the clashes.

He’s one of the 11 Presidential candidates looking to end Yoweri Museveni’s 34 years in power.

Museveni, 76, has been President since 1986 and his personality and governance divide opinions amongst Ugandans and Africans in general.

The President has also been accused of using coronavirus guidelines to stifle human rights.

Human Rights Watch said he hosted large campaigns ahead of the January 14 2021 Presidential elections and has constantly violated COVID-19 guidelines.

On Thursday November 19, reports made the rounds on the Ugandan social media space about how Bobi Wine was denied access to his lawyers and medical team.

Museveni on Friday used his Twitter account to warn protesting citizens against attacking his party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

“Uganda is stable and the NRM government will not allow those seeking to mess with this stability to get away with it.
Also, for those attacking NRM supporters, you will lose this appetite. You are entering a terrain in which we are experts. Desist,” he tweeted.

Also on Friday, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama asked candidates to desist from holding campaigns that violate standing guidelines.

He also advised supporters to exhibit calmness as they support their leaders.

“Accordingly, we appeal to the public to remain calm and restrain from engaging in acts of lawlessness that may result in destruction of property and loss of life, as already witnessed,’’ the statement said.


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