Ugandan police uproar leaves one dead   

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Ugandan police and opposition politician Robert Kyangulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, have given conflicting accounts over the death of a woman in the capital, Kampala, during a confrontation.

Bobi Wine, the ex-pop star turned opposition leader, was scheduled to hold a consultative meeting on Monday, but which police blocked saying he had not met requirements agreed by the electoral commission.

According to reports his supporters demonstrated after being barred from accessing the venue and police responded by using tear-gas and live bullets.

A supporter, Ritah Nabukenya, was reported to have been knocked down by a vehicle while riding on a motorcycle taxi.

Bobi Wine has accused the police of causing the accident while police said they had nothing to with it.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire, said that the woman was seriously injured after falling off the motorcycle.

He said that a police vehicle took her to the hospital where she died while receiving treatment.

The 37-year-old Bobi Wine has declared that he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 33 years in next year’s general election.

He portrays himself as a champion of the poor, and sings about social justice and democracy.

Monday’s event at the Pope Paul Memorial Community Centre in Kampala was to act as a start of his countrywide consultative meetings.

 

Christopher Ojilere