KAMPALA, Uganda — Heavily armed police have “besieged” the campaign headquarters of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a politician who is seeking Uganda’s presidency in elections set for 2021, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was meeting with other leaders of his National Unity Platform-NUP party in Kamwokya, a Kampala city suburb when the police cordoned off the area.
“The military and police just raided our head office in Kamwokya,” Bobi Wine said in a tweet.
“They have broken into offices and taken away valuable documents and other items,” he said, adding that, “Some comrades have been injured.”
The presidential hopeful also took a swipe at the, “partisanship of security agencies ahead of the election” saying it was stinking.
Wine, who has been arrested many times in recent years, has captured the imagination of many Ugandans with his persistent calls for President Yoweri Museveni to retire.
Museveni, 76, has ruled Uganda since taking power by force in 1986. Critics accuse him of relying on the armed forces to stay in power. He is able to seek another term after the legislature voted to remove constitutional age limit on the presidency.
According to NUP’s Secretary General, David Lewis Rubongoya, the raid on their offices is shocking, however, he adds that, “Living under a dictatorship is such a tragedy. Resisting it is such glory.”