An eastern Uganda magistrate’s court has charged presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, with the offence of committing an act likely to spread infectious disease.
While in court, Kyagulanyi said President Yoweri Museveni should be in the courtroom for murdering innocent civilians.
This comes after police said 37 people had died since Wednesday when security forces responded to protests over the politician’s arrest.
Human Rights Watch says it is clear that the Ugandan authorities are using Covid-19 guidelines as an excuse for the violent repression of the opposition.
It says the governing party has been allowed to continue campaigning without disruption despite also attracting large crowds.
It has called on the Ugandan government to ensure the security forces respect the rule of law, are impartial, and are held accountable for abuses.