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MP detained at rally

Publish date: 13 January 2020
Issue Number: 855
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Uganda

Ugandan police last week arrested Bobi Wine and fired teargas at his supporters as the lawmaker tried to hold a rally to promote his 2021 presidential bid. Wine and his People Power pressure group had aimed to start a programme of consultations with supporters on his plans to challenge Yoweri Museveni (75) who has been in office since 1986. The Guardian reports that police said Wine was trying to stage an assembly in an open area when he had only been allowed to meet supporters in an enclosed area such as a conference hall. ‘We are reliably informed that their aim is to engage us so that they can be seen exchanging words, fighting with the police and tarnishing the image of Uganda,’ said police spokesperson Edson Muhangi.

Full report in The Guardian