By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Protests have this afternoon rocked Uganda’s capital Kampala and its suburbs challenging the arrest of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who is according to our sources detained at Nalifenya police station in Luuka district.
Police dispersed his first rally and forcefully arrested him for allegedly holding an assembly of more than the 200 stipulated in the electoral commission campaign guidelines which protestors challenge saying why “unprofessional and partisan police” behave otherwise when NRM candidates are doing the same.
“Ever since Museveni started his campaigns, he has been commanding his greedy artists including Bebe cool, Catherine Kusasira to hold mega rallies in Northern Uganda while being escorted by the same police that is torturing and brutalizing our presidential candidate, enough is enough! we are tired of unprofessional and partisan police in Uganda,” Furious protestor in Kiseka market noted.
Meanwhile, during the scuffle between police and angry protestors, some journalists were teargassed, injured, and rushed to hospitals while a couple of protestors have been shot dead.
As we report, protesters in various areas of Kampala and outside districts including Masaka, Gulu, Arua, Mityaana among others have taken to the streets demanding Bobi’s immediate release.
In the same vein, reports say that thousands of protests have engulfed Nalifenya police area where Bobi is detained and the number of protestors has also erupted in different parts of Jinja city and neighbouring districts.
The development comes after the police have revealed that those who shall defy the set COVID-19 SOPs and Electoral Commission guidelines with their sinister plans aimed at disrupting the Electoral process will definitely suffer consequences.
‘We have, therefore, adopted a tougher approach to preserve the integrity of the electoral process. We have dispatched our specialist teams and quick reaction teams, to identify ring leaders (and principals) for apprehension in the face of crime. We have disseminated our comprehensive policing plan to all territorial commanders for them to implement without fear or favour,” The police statement reads.