Security forces fired teargas to disperse supporters of the Kyadondo East MP and presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, in Jinja (Eastern region) on Saturday, July 11. Wine's supporters had gathered around a radio station on Nizam Road where he was taking part in a talk show. Military and police personnel were deployed to the radio station to control the crowd and clashes broke out between security forces and those who had gathered.
Further unrest is possible in Jinja over the near term.
Robert Kyagulanyi, who also goes by his stage name as a performing artist Bobi Wine, has become a prominent opposition talisman following his move into politics in 2017. The outspoken critic of President Yoweri Museveni has twice been arrested by security forces on charges related to anti-government protests and both arrests sparked unrest amongst his populist support base. In July 2019 Kyagulanyi announced his bid to run for President in the 2021 general election.
Those in Jinja are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests, demonstrations, and political gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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