Stone throwing Ugandan MPs arrested


Ugandan police arrested three opposition lawmakers and others after stones were thrown at the convoy of President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986.

Supporters of independent candidate Kasiano Wadri obstructed and attacked Museveni’s convoy in Arua on Monday and a vehicle bearing the presidential coat of arms had its rear windscreen shattered, police spokesman Emirian Kayima said.
“Security officers intervened to contain the situation and they halted it from further escalation by the use of teargas and shooting,” Kayima told a news conference, adding scores of suspects were arrested.

Those arrested included Robert Kyagulanyi, an independent lawmaker and musician who gained popularity since he joined parliament last year through criticism of Museveni’s government, sometimes through music.

Government officials see his appeal, especially to young people, as a threat to Museveni, whose popularity suffered due to what some voters say are deteriorating public services, corruption and rights abuses.

Parliament last year removed an age limit from the constitution that would have barred Museveni from seeking re-election in 2021.

Late on Monday, Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine, said police shot at his vehicle and killed his driver while campaigning for a parliamentary by-election due to be held on Wednesday in Arua. Kayima was unsure who killed the driver.

Kayima said two journalists were arrested during the incident and released on police bond.