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Uganda: Kayunga by-election – Bobi Wine security guard and gardener arrested as campaigns intensify

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NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, aka Bobi Wine’s security guard and gardener, was reportedly arrested on Tuesday.

National Unity Platform (NUP) chairman Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, aka Bobi Wine’s security guard and gardener, was reportedly arrested on Tuesday.

Kyagulanyi is expected to travel to Kayunga district to headline the campaign rally for NUP candidate Harriet Nakwedde in the by-election for Kayunga president.

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A joint force of police and army set up roadblocks on all roads leading to Kyagulanyi’s home in Magere, in an attempt to prevent him from attending his scheduled meeting in Kayunga.

The NUP president said in a tweet that his caretaker and gardener were both arrested “violently” amid an increased deployment at his doorstep.

“The army has increased the deployment around my house. No one is allowed to go out or enter. Our security guard and gardener were violently arrested, beaten and put on ‘drones’ outside our home. door. Their phones were confiscated, “Kyagulanyi said in a tweet.

Kyagulanyi said the president is placing him under house arrest and that he will look for people to see him (Museveni) in Kayunga.

“That’s why we don’t give up until Uganda is free,” Kyagulanyi said.

#DictatorMuseveni is so shameless. He puts me under house arrest, then uses taxpayers’ money to transport people to see him in Kayunga! That’s why we don’t give up until Uganda is free. # WeAreRemovingADictator pic.twitter.com/jENcenKaEm

– BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) December 14, 2021

Kayunga District Resident Commissioner Ssempala Kigozi said earlier that the NUP chief “is not welcome” in Kayunga.

At the time of going to press, it was not yet clear whether Kyagulanyi was under house arrest or already in Kayunga.

Meanwhile, President Museveni is also expected to campaign for National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Andrew Muwonge in Kayunga later on Tuesday.

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Museveni will headline the campaigns in Kasonza and Busaana sub-counties. Kayunga will go to the polls on Thursday, December 16.

The outcome of the Kayunga election is being closely watched as it is the second time since 2018 that NRM chairman President Museveni and NUP chairman Robert Kyagulanyi have met to defend a candidate in the same region. During the last meeting in Arua in 2018, the candidate supported by the NUP, Kassiano Wadri, emerged victorious.



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