ARUA — A Uganda Police Force water cannon truck sent to Arua City on Tuesday to disperse Bobi Wine campaign has overturned along Pakwach-Kampala Highway on return trip to Kampala.
The water cannon truck reportedly overturned on Tuesday night under circumstances no one in the force is willing to explain.
Bobi Wine real name Robert Kyagulanyi on Tuesday campaigned in West Nile districts of Arua, Nebbi and Pakwach with less police interference.
During his rallies, he repeatedly hit at the government—accusing the regime of using coronavirus containment rules such as a ban on public gatherings to deny him a chance to meet his supporters.
Whereas his massive rallies in West Nile went uninterrupted despite the huge gatherings, security forces have fired tear gas to disperse his supporters in Kitgum as he tried to hold a rally, underscoring the hurdles he faces in seeking to unseat President Museveni.
Electoral Commission had cleared Bobi Wine to conduct the rally but security personnel under the command of RDC William Komaketch illegally prohibited the gathering.
Kyagulanyi decided to entertain his supporters with his revolutionary music after being blocked by the Kitgum RDC Komakech from holding his political rally at Christ the King church grounds in Kitgum District.
Bobi Wine who was escorted by an enthusiastic crowd, headed for Pader district but later intercepted along the way by police firing teargas to disperse crowds and manage traffic.
Thousands of his supporters who had gathered for the liberation message said blocking Bobi Wine from speaking to his supporters by the security forces shows how partisan the security forces are.
Since he became a legislator in 2017 and later announced his presidential bid, Bobi Wine has rattled authorities, who see him as a formidable threat to Museveni, 75, who has ruled long before the Berlin Wall fell.