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23 Apr 2019 | 08:38 AM UTC

Uganda: Bobi Wine calls for protests in Kampala April 23 /update 2

Uganda News Alert

Opposition politician Bobi Wine calls for protests in Kampala April 23; avoid all gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kampala). COUNTRY/REGION Uganda

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Event

Prominent musician and opposition politician Bobi Wine has called for protests against the police and other state injustices to take place on Tuesday, April 23, in Kampala. The call comes as Bobi Wine has been forcefully taken back to his home after being arrested on April 22, at One Love Beach Busabala, near Kampala, when he was about to give a concert.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in Kampala over the coming hours. Increased political tensions are likely over the near term.

Additional concerts by Bobi Wine are reportedly scheduled in Lira on May 3, in Arua on May 4, and in Gulu on May 5.

Context

Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu), a Ugandan musician and current member of parliament, is a vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni and frequently a target of police action. He was arrested on August 14, 2018, and charged with treason, resulting in protests and violent clashes between his supporters and security forces. According to Wine and his lawyer, he was severely beaten while in custody. Police previously blocked a scheduled concert at One Love Beach Busabala on December 26, 2018, resulting in protests and roadblocks on the highway connecting Kampala and Entebbe.

Advice

Individuals in Uganda are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public demonstrations and political events due to the risk of violence and arrest, avoid discussing political topics in public, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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