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Ugandan Opposition Calls Out Ruling Party’s Dirty Tricks

Ugandan music star turned presidential candidate Bobi Wine says he was nearly killed twice in recent weeks and called on the international community to hold Uganda’s government accountable ahead of elections next month. Wine also accused the military of taking over the election process and said his campaign team have been tear-gassed and shot at with live bullets. “I know that already the election is not free and fair,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “I have survived two assassination attempts in the last two weeks where bullets have been shot in my car and on the tires and in the wind screens.” The Ugandan State House did not immediately respond to request for comment. Wine is challenging incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for more than 30 years, in January 14 elections. The musician has accused Museveni of being a dictator responsible for human rights abuses, after at least 45 people were killed in protests last month sparked by the arrest of Wine for contravening Covid-19 regulations at a campaign rally. While authorities have said the restrictions are necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19, opposition members and their supporters say they are an excuse to curb campaigning before the election.