Uganda’s presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine announced Sunday he’d temporarily suspended his campaigns after one of his aides tragically died while on the campaign trail.
Bobi Wine, whom analysts believe is Yoweri Museveni’s main challenger in the January 2021 general elections, announced Francis Kalibala aka Frank had been killed in an accident involving a Uganda Army official vehicle.
“I regret to announce the murder of my security team member Francis Senteza Kalibala aka Frank. He was deliberately ran over by military-police truck, No.H4DF 2382 which blocked us in Busega on our way to Rubaga to get Kasirye Ashraf emergency medical attention.” Bobi wrote in his twitter page.
The deceased was attached to the former musician and politician’s security detail.
Frank’s death comes 18 months after Bobi Wine’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead while on the campaign trail with his boss. His killers have never been found.
The UPDF spokesperson claimed that our Francis Kalibala met his death, having fallen off a speeding vehicle.
The incident left a number of journalists injured.
Local media also reported Saif-llah Ashraf Kasirye, a journalist attached to Radio One, and doubles up as Ghetto TV cameraman had been shot at around the same place and time.
Daniel Lutaaya, NBS TV senior Reporter, was also injured after a motorbike he was riding on was reportedly shot at. He was receiving treatment at Masaka regional referral hospital by Sunday evening.
Uganda Police explained that Bobi Wine’s campaigns had turned violent leading to these incidents.
Uganda Police denied Saif-llah Ashraf Kasirye being shot but instead suggesting he’d been hit by a teargas cannister.
“Tear gas was used to quell the violence and journalists were regrettably caught up during the process of dispersing the violent group. Notably among them was a Ghetto TV crew member identified as Ashraf Kasirye, who sustained blunt force injuries above the left eye allegedly from a canister,” the police statement read in part.