Pop star politician says security forces have taken documents and other “valuable” items.
Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said the police and the military had raided the campaign headquarters of his newly formed party and deciphered what he called “stinking” partnership between the securities agencies and the establishment in the run-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2021.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the pop star politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said security guards had taken documents and other unnamed items.
“The military and police have just ransacked our main office in Kamwokya,” he said, referring to an area in the capital, Kampala.
“They broke into offices and took away valuable documents and other items. Some comrades were injured. The partiality of the security authorities before the elections stinks, ”he said.
We will overcome✊????
– BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) October 14, 2020
The military and police have just ransacked our main office and caused chaos. You take all valuable items with you! Living under a dictatorship is such a tragedy. Fighting against it is such a fame. pic.twitter.com/B9T4ecdt7b
– David Lewis Rubongoya (@DavidLRubongoya) October 14, 2020
According to party official David Lewis Rubongoya, Bobi Wine met other leaders of his National Unity Platform party when police broke into the area and cordoned it off.
Rubongoya, who was there, told The Associated Press that security officers had confiscated items such as surveillance cameras and supplies of red berets, symbols of Wein’s popular campaign.
“They took everything away,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from the security authorities.
Bobi Wine, who has been arrested several times in recent years, has sparked the imagination of many young Ugandans with his persistent demands for the resignation of President Yoweri Museveni. Since he expressed his ambitions as president, the police and military have repeatedly broken up his rallies and beaten and arrested his supporters.
The 76-year-old Museveni has ruled Uganda since he took power by force in 1986. Critics accuse him of relying on the armed forces to stay in power. He may seek another term after the legislature has voted to lift the constitutional age limits for the presidency.
Museveni accuses Bobi Wine of encouraging rioting among young people and has alleged that those associated with him are “a misguided group used by some foreigners to destabilize Uganda”.
Bobi Wine plans to end Museveni’s 34 years at the helm of the East African country, which has made him the third longest ruling president in Africa.
His youth and his music have earned him a large following in the relatively young country of 42 million, which shook the ruling party of the National Resistance Movement and carried out a security procedure against his supporters.