At least, three people have died and 38 have been injured after protests erupted in Uganda following the arrest of an opposition presidential candidate.
Robert Kyagulanyi, who is popularly known as Bobi Wine in Uganda, is a musician who turned a political-aspirant.
Since declaring his intention to run for the Ugandan presidency, the singer has caught the attention of Ugandans, winning a large following, especially among young people in the east African country.
Mr Wine, 38, was held by riot police at a rally in the Luuka and taken to a police station in the nearby city of Jinja, near the northern tip of Lake Victoria. He was campaigning to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in office for 36 years, in next year’s election.
Wine confirmed his arrest on Twitter, saying police “violently broke into his vehicle” and took him into custody and urged supporters to resist tyranny.
Police has said the reason for his detain was for violating COVID-19 guidelines that require presidential candidates to meet or address less than 200 people.
Supporters of Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, blocked roads and burned tyres in the Uganda capital Kampala, while police responded by firing tear gas and “rubber” bullets.