Bobi Wine guard, supporters injured in running battles with security

Tuesday December 01 2020
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One of the police guards attached to presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine being helped after he was injured in Kayunga as security operatives tried to disperse supporters. PHOTOS/ ABUBAKER LUBOWA

By Jessica Sabano

Several people, including a police guard attached to presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine have been injured as security operatives Tuesday fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse supporters in Kayunga.

ASP Kato was injured on the head and rushed to hospital for treatment.

The Kyadondo East MP said several of his supporters, including his music producer, Dan Magic, had also been injured and admitted to hospital.

“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. 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 in a statement posted on his social media platforms.

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This comes barely a day after police said they were investigating an accident that happened yesterday at Mayangayanga on Nagoje Road in Mukono District involving supporters of the MP’s supporters.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango said the accident involved one police vehicle and two motorcycles.

He said one of the motorcycles slid and fell under the police truck that was following behind.

He said one victim was rushed to hospital in serious condition but later died.

He identified the victim as Jonathan Ssempala, a 28-year-old resident of Nakifuma.

In a related development, SP Onyango said five Bobi Wine supporters sustained injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned.

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He identified them as Vincent Ssempijja, 18, Moses Ssentongo, 24, Steven Ssebuliba, 30, Robert Kigozi, 22, and Medi Ssebadeki. They are all are residents of Nakifuma, Mukono District.

Ssempijja was admitted to Kawolo Hospital while the others were transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Residents said the accidents happened as police tried to block Bobi Wine on his way to Buikwe District for a campaign rally.