The trial of opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, and over 30 others is set to resume on Monday, October 1, in Gulu (Northern region). Bobi Wine supporters are expected to gather around the Gulu High Court, where the hearing will take place on Monday, and a heavy security deployment is to be anticipated in the vicinity of the court. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Related demonstrations are also likely in other cities around the country, notably in the the capital Kampala and the Kamwokya suburb, where Bobi Wine was raised, and in Arua (Northern region).
Bobi Wine, a former musician and current opposition member of parliament, was arrested along with dozens more people on August 14 after protesters threw stones at the convoy of President Yoweri Museveni at a local election rally in Arua. He was charged with treason, and Bobi Wine supporters staged several protests during his detention, leading to violent clashes with security forces and the firing of live ammunition and tear gas. According to Bobi Wine's lawyer, he was severely beaten during his arrest and while in custody, leading him to seek treatment in the US after being released on bail on August 27. He returned to Uganda on September 27.
Individuals in Uganda are advised to closely monitor the situation, to avoid discussing sensitive political topics in public, and to avoid all protests, demonstrations, and gatherings due to the risk of violence. Those present in areas where demonstrations are likely are advised to anticipate transportation delays as well as a heightened security presence (e.g. vehicle checkpoints) and to adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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