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Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine and team arrested, according to staff

December 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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KAMPALA, CENTRAL REGION, UGANDA - 2020/12/29: Ugandan opposition Presidential Candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine, speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of his National Unity Platform in Kamwokya after his bodyguard, Frank Senteza Kalibala, was killed during a confrontation with the police. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, was arrested on Wednesday alongside members of his campaign team in the country's central region, according to a post shared by an administrator on his official Twitter account.

(CNN)Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, was arrested on Wednesday alongside members of his campaign team in the country's central region, according to a post shared by an administrator on his official Twitter account.

"Bobi Wine and his entire campaign team arrested in Kalangala!

The presidential candidate has accused Museveni of being a dictator responsible for human rights abuses, after at least 45 people were killed in protests last month sparked by Wine's earlier arrest for contravening coronavirus regulations at a campaign rally. He said one of his bodyguards was run over and killed Sunday by a military police truck, while the guard was taking a journalist to the hospital.

A spokesperson for the Ugandan military denied Wine's bodyguard had been targeted. In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Wine said he had nearly been killed on two occasions in recent weeks and urged the international community to hold Uganda's government accountable ahead of elections next month.

While authorities have said the restrictions are necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19, opposition members and their supporters say they are an excuse to limit campaigning before the election.

United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday released a statement expressing serious concerns about the violence ahead of Uganda's presidential election.

"Since the publication of the guidelines on the conduct of elections during Covid-19 in June by the Uganda Electoral Commission, we have witnessed gradual shrinking of civic space, and misuse and abuse of health-related restrictions to curb dissent in the country ahead of the election on 14 January," said the UN experts.

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