Ugandan Singer And Opposition Presidential Candidate, Bobi Wine Has Been Arrested

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Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine was arrested on Tuesday after handing in his nomination papers to the election body, his party’s spokesman said.

Wine, 38, a musician turned politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, aims to end Yoweri Museveni’s more than a third of a century in power, which makes him Africa’s third longest-ruling president. Elections are scheduled for February next year.

“They (police) used a hammer and broke the windows of his vehicle and forcefully dragged him out … they bundled him into their own vehicle and took off,” Joel Senyonyi, spokesman for the National Unity Party, said, adding he did not know why Wine was arrested.

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Wine’s official twitter account said he was “violently arrested” outside the nomination venue and has been “brutalised by police and military.”

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Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigire said he had yet to receive a briefing on the arrest and promised to comment later.

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