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One person dies after Bobi Wine event banned in Uganda

His supporters demonstrated after being barred from entering the venue and police responded by using tear gas and live bullets.

The Ugandan police and opposition politician Robert Kyangulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, have disputed who is responsible for the death of a woman during a stand-off in the capital, Kampala.

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Bobi Wine, an ex-pop star-turned-opposition leader, was scheduled to hold a consultative meeting on Monday, but police blocked it saying he had not met requirements agreed by the electoral commission.

His supporters demonstrated after being barred from entering the venue and police responded by using tear gas and live bullets, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

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A supporter, Ritah Nabukenya, was reported to have been knocked down by a vehicle while riding on a motorcycle taxi, according to The Observer newspaper.

Bobi Wine accused the police of causing the accident while police said they had nothing to with it.

A police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said that the woman was seriously injured after falling off the motorcycle.


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He said that a police vehicle took her to the hospital where she died while receiving treatment.

Bobi Wine, 37, has declared that he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni – who has been in power for 33 years, in next year’s general election.

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He portrays himself as a champion of the poor and sings about social justice and democracy.

Monday’s event at the Pope Paul Memorial Community Centre in Kampala was meant to be the first of his countrywide consultative meetings.

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