Three people died and dozens were injured, including gunshot wounds, in protests that broke out after police arrested Ugandan presidential candidate and pop star Bobi Wine, Ugandan police and the Red Cross said.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has emerged as the strongest challenger to President Yoweri Museveni (76) in the presidential elections scheduled for January 14th.

Police said in a statement they arrested Wine on Wednesday while fighting for violating anti-coronavirus measures in the east of the country.

They accused him of “being involved in the massive mobilization of unauthorized gatherings and processions under the threat of COVID-19 in Uganda”.

After news of Wine’s detention spread across the country, violent protests erupted immediately in the capital, Kampala, and several other major cities.

In many parts of Kampala, young people lit fires and erected barricades on streets to block traffic and demand the release of wine when police and military fired tear gas and sharp bullets to disperse them.

Since expressing his intention to replace Museveni, Wine has gained a huge following, especially among young people in the East African country.

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