Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine has been released on bail by a court and has now been charged with spreading coronavirus.
Bobi Wine whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested this week during a campaign trail.
He appeared in court on Friday to be charged by prosecutors who accused him of violating coronavirus regulations.
The 38 year old said that “Let (President Yoweri) Museveni know that we are not slaves and we shall not accept to be slaves. We shall be free.”
Protests over his arrest led to the death of 37 people with several others sustaining injuries.
Bobi Wine has emerged as the strongest challenger against 76 year old President Yoweri Museveni, in the presidential election scheduled for January 14.
The United States condemned the violence that characterized his arrest.
It said in a statement that it “deplores the violence that has claimed multiple lives today, and we extend our sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones.
We urge all parties to renounce violence, undertake good-faith measures to reduce tensions, and respect fundamental freedoms.”
Opposition presidential candidates suspended their campaigns when he was arrested calling for him to be released.