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Africa News of Sunday, 17 January 2021

Source: GNA

Uganda beefs up security for opposition presidential candidate Kyagulanyi

The Ugandan military and police on Friday beefed up security for opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, a popular musician turned politician.

Deo Akiiki, Deputy Military Spokesman told Xinhua by telephone that they do not want negative elements to compromise the security of the candidate.

Kyagulanyi, according to opinion polls, is the main challenger to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for over 30 years. Akiiki's comments come after Kyagulanyi complained that the military had besieged his residence in Magere village, in Wakiso district, central Uganda.

"It is not a deployment to arrest him, it is a deployment to keep his security like any other candidate has," Akiiki said. "There was even an incident there where three people tried to access his home by jumping his fence. One was arrested and two ran away, so how can we leave him so insecure like that," he added.

Uganda is waiting for final results of the presidential elections that were held on Thursday.

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