By Spy Reporter: The police on Thursday fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at supporters of Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, when he tried to address them while in Gomba district.
SpyUganda has learnt that after the scuffle, several of Bobi Wine’s supporters are currently nursing wounds after clashing with police.
Musa Kayiwa, a resident in Mpenja trading centre, revealed to this website that the supporters, mainly youth, were on Thursday tipped that Kyagulanyi was on his way to the area to attend a burial of an elder in Bukalagi sub-county, Romano Nsobya.
“You know how youths behave when they hear about Bobi Wine’s presence and this was massive given the fact that Gomba is his home district where he rarely comes to. It is was supposed to be a homecoming kind of,” Kayiwa said.
However, the excitement was short-lived after police deployed heavily and started dispersing the youth using tear gas and bullets, which leftvseveral youths nursing injuries.
During the fire exchange a yet to be identified youth was injured on his arm and rushed to Gombe hospital, while a dreadlocked Rastaman was severely clobbered on the head.
Police also mounted a roadblock with an intention of stopping Bobi Wine from attendingvthe burial ceremony.
However, he eluded the cops and sneaked away using short cuts to attend the burial.
Phillip Mukasa, the Katonga Regional Police Spokesperson, said that the youths closed the road in different towns and police officers pleaded with them to cheer from roadsides in vain, hence opening fire to disperse them.
Joel Ssenyonyi, the people power spokesperson wondered why the police harass people with different political ideologies.
It should be noted that last year two youths were shot dead within the same area during protests following the arrest of Bobi Wine in Arua.
However, Bobi Wine is yet to issue a statement about this saga.