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Ugandan Police Assault Wife of Presidential Candidate

The wife of Ugandan musician turned politician, Bobi Wine, was tortured and stripped in the presence of their son by some police officers before she was arrested.

According to a video shared on Twitter by Anyamah Douglas, a Ugandan national, Barbara Wine was seen being led away by some security officers.

At one point, the woman was seen struggling with the police officers before she was stripped to her underwear in front of her son after being pushed to the floor.

As Ugandans head to the polls on Thursday, January 14, Bobi wine is a popular candidate gunning for the presidency with hopes to unseat  Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

Campaigning ahead of the election has been marred by brutal crackdowns on opposition rallies that have left scores dead and the repeated intimidation and arrest of some opposition candidates, their supporters and campaign staff.

The opposition candidate earlier in the day claimed that the military raided his home.

“The army has this morning raided my home, arrested all my security guards and anyone they could see on my premises,” Wine said on Twitter.

“No reason for the arrest was given. Such acts of impunity are all kicks of a dying horse.”

Bobi Wine was also forced to end an interview on Kenyan radio prematurely, saying he saw Ugandan security forces attack his bodyguards.

Ugandans reported government crackdown on social media use citing that only few persons have access to sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.

In a letter, the Uganda Communications Commission directed all telecom companies to immediately suspend any access and use of all social media platforms and online messaging applications over the networks until further notice.

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