The latest news on this front comes from Reuters‘ journalist Elias Biryabarema:
A Ugandan pop singer and lawmaker seeking to challenge veteran President Yoweri Museveni at the next election said on Tuesday he had been placed under house arrest, as the U.S. government criticized what it called authorities’ “heavy-handed” use of force against citizens.
Police and military personnel used teargas and water cannon on Monday to disperse a large group of Bobi Wine’s supporters as they gathered for a concert at a lakeside beach resort, footage from local NTV showed.
Before the concert, Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was removed by police from a vehicle near the beach, the footage showed. Wine said he was taken to his home in a northern suburb of the capital, Kampala.
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