Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate for the 2021 general elections has suspended his campaigns in Lwengo and Bukomansimbi today following the shooting of a journalist on his campaign trail.
Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP deputy president in charge of the Central region, told journalists Sunday that they decided to halt the campaigns following the shooting of Mr Saif-llah Ashraf Kasirye, a Radio One journalist and an online Ghetto TV cameraman at Kyabakuza trading center in the outskirts of Masaka Municipality.
Kasirye was travelling with Kyagulanyi in the same motor vehicle when he was hit on the head leading to severe bleeding. He was rushed to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to save his life from where he was transferred to Rubaga Hospital in Kampala for better management.
Mpuuga, who doubles as the Masaka Municipality MP, said the shooting of Kasirye is a direct attack on the media in the country.
“There is no doubt the media has been the difference in this campaign and especially social media. The mainstream media is also targeted because invariably they all see the desire for us as a country to move in clear light. I want to invite Ugandans to reject this upfront on the media, to reject any attempt to muzzle the media, to reject any attempt to try and make this a dark country where information is hidden and you are not able to see through the actions of those who wield power,”Mathias Mpuuga
Ashraf Kasirye was not the only victim today as the police went toe to toe with Bobi Wine’s security team and supporters.
NTV reporter Ali Mivule as well as NBS TV senior Reporter, Daniel Lutaaya are also nursing wounds resulting from the scuffle.
Ali Mivule is nursing an injured leg after being hit by a teargas canister fired by Police, who are yet to comment on the incident while Daniel Lutaaya who was riding on a Boda Boda that was shot at during the mayhem also admitted at Masaka regional referral hospital.
The scuffle also claimed the life of Francis Kalibala aka Frank, a private bodyguard attached to National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine who was allegedly knocked dead by a military car around Busega round about.
Frank is reported to have been run over by the Military owned vehicle registration number H4DF 2382 as the police tried to block Bobi Wine’s team who were enroute Kampala in a bid to have Ashraf Kasirye taken to hospital for better medication.