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Uganda opposition criticise state violence head of tomorrow's presidential elections

OPPOSITION figures in Uganda have criticised widespread violence by security forces ahead of Thursday’s presidential election, and main challenger Bobi Wine reported that soldiers who raided his home this morning had arrested a security guard and badly beaten two gardeners.

“The terror, frankly, is unprecedented,” said Kizza Besigye, a veteran opposition leader who challenged long-time President Yoweri Museveni in four elections.

“Violence, terror seem to be scaled up with every coming election. This election has witnessed untold violence. It gets worse and worse by the day.”

Wine, a popular singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, spoke alongside other opposition figures in the capital, Kampala, on the last day of campaigning as they seek to deny Mr Museveni another term.

The atmosphere is increasingly charged. The military is in charge of all security operations in the Kampala metropolitan area. Mr Wine, who insisted his campaign is non-violent, urged his supporters not to be intimidated by the security forces.

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