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Mugisha Muntu has joined many other Ugandans to protest Bobi Wine's arrest. FILE PHOTO

Nobert Mao and the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) president Mugisha Muntu have joined many other Ugandans to protest Bobi Wine’s arrest.

Two opposition presidential aspirants have suspended their political campaigns following the arrest of the National Unity Platform party presidential flag bearer, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

Kyagulanyi was arrested in Luuka district on Wednesday as he was holding his political tour. His arrest has since parked protests in Kampala, Wakiso and other districts in which many people are said to have been shot dead, and over 40 others also badly injured.

However, in the wake of events, two opposition presidential aspirants including the Democratic Party (DP) president, Nobert Mao and the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) president Mugisha Muntu have joined many other Ugandans to protest Bobi Wine’s arrest.

In a statement, Mugisha Muntu said that matters of the country come first before individual wishes. He said the country’s future depends a lot on how the ruling party will handle issues during this election period.

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“We call upon government to recognise that this isn’t business as usual. The future of the country depends a lot on how you handle this season,” Muntu posted on his social media platform.

He said that following the arrest of two presidential aspirants, they have also suspended their campaign activities as well until other colleagues are given the freedom they deserve.

“We have decided to pause our presidential campaign activities until our colleagues, Hon. Kyagulanyi and Hon. Patrick Amuriat Oboi are released and their freedom to campaign guaranteed.”

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the police have released a statement explaining why they arrested the two presidential aspirants.

mugisha muntu suspends campaigns
Mugisha Muntu has joined many other Ugandans to protest Bobi Wine’s arrest. FILE PHOTO

In a statement, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said that both Amuriat and Bobi Wine were involved in the unacceptable mobilization of unauthorised assemblies and processions amidst the threat of Covid-19 in Uganda. 

Enanga said that this promoted the police to react because the majority of the people attending their mass rallies also had no safeguards of facemasks, physical distancing and proper hygiene.

“We would like to inform the public that the Joint Security Task Force in Busoga North, today arrested the NUP Presidential candidate, Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, for his continued violations of the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines, during the political campaigns.”

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“The two were actively involved in the massive mobilization of unauthorised assemblies and processions amidst the threat of Covid-19 in Uganda. The majority of the participants had no safeguards of facemasks, physical distancing and proper hygiene,” Enanga said in a statement.