Seven people died and 34 injured in protests that erupted after police arrested Ugandan presidential candidate and Bobi Wine on Wednesday 18th.
Uganda Red Cross said it had treated more than 30 people and evacuated at least 11 people who had suffered gun shot wounds to hospitals.
According to police statement, Bobi Wine was arrested while he was campaigning in the country’s east for violating anti-coronavirus measures.
He was accused of involvement in massive mobilisation of unauthorised assemblies and processions during the COVID-19 threat in Uganda.
In a tweet posted on 18th Wednesday announcing his arrest Bobi Wine said police had broken into his vehicle and forcefully detained him saying the price of freedom is high but they (his supporters) will overcome.
Police fired teargas and bullets to disperse protesters who set up illegal roadblocks; burnt tyres; violently attacked law enforcement personnel in the city centre and some engaged in looting and vandalism .
Many young supporters say they are drawn to Bobi Wine by his criticism of Museveni’s government mingled in his lyrics. Others say that as a young leader, he is better positioned to tackle the challenges they face.
The US embassy published a tweet saying it deplored the violence and extended its sympathy to the victims and their families.
“We urge all parties to renounce violence, undertake good-faith measures to reduce tensions, and respect fundamental freedoms,” it said.