The Ugandan presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been released from illegal detention.
Ugandan authorities on Friday charged the opposition leader and presidential contender with breaching coronavirus rules.
Ssentamu, polularly known as Bobi Wine, was released from jail, two days after his arrest sparked protests nationwide that led to the deaths of at least 28 people and almost 600 arrests.
While disclosing his release in a statement on Saturday November 21, 2020, Wine was elated at the reactions of Ugandans, which facilitated his release.
“Last evening after reaching home, I watched what has happened for the past three days while I was illegally detained at Nalufenya! It was then that I appreciated the full extent of the brutality meted out to Ugandans by security forces.
“I watched as armed, non-uniformed gangs roamed the streets of Kampala shooting indiscriminately at unarmed citizens. I watched as they aimed gunshots at buildings without caring who may be hit.
“I watched as helpless citizens were clobbered by the very people who should keep them safe,” Ssentamu wrote on his Facebook page.
Ssentamu, who promised to issue a formal statement on the murder and maiming of Ugandans, commiserated with the families who lost their loved ones.
“I send my deepest condolences to all of them, and wish those who are wounded a quick recovery.
“In fact, I learnt last night that two of the dead were personally known to me and were good friends, including a young man who was at a furniture shop and lost his life when soldiers shot directly into his workplace,” he said.
He added that no one is safe, until the tyrant who has lived by the gun is eliminated.
Ssentamu noted that Gen. Museveni is hell-bent on keeping power at whatever cost.
“He doesn’t mind killing thousands of people to keep in power against the will of the citizens,” he said.
He said the people of Uganda are now determined than ever before to get our freedom.
“Museveni is panicking, yet again trying to subdue the citizens into fear and apathy. But not now.
“The election is first approaching and despite all these illegalities and violence, we are soon getting our freedom,” Ssentamu said.