By Ronald Nahabwe
Kampala: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola has ordered all policemen and officers who had been deployed at MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s home to vacate immediately.
Sources reveal that Ochola’s orders were issued on Thursday after the nation learnt that cops deployed at Bobi Wine’s home had become so sleepy to the extent that he had escaped from them. Bobi Wine, who had been under house arrest since Monday, shocked the nation when news spread that he had escaped from home and the cops deployed at his place couldn’t trace him. The entire Uganda Police Force, army, government and ordinary Ugandans were later shocked to see Bobi Wine in Bugiri district, where he had gone to attend the burial of Hajji Siraj Samanya Lyavala, a fallen People Power supporter and former Bugiri district chairperson. Bobi Wine’s escape from his home under the watchful eye of heavily deployed police and military officers is said to have humiliated the police so much, hence prompting the IGP to order the cops at his home to vacate.
It’s said that Bobi Wine sneaked out through the back gate to the nearby thicket and later jumped into one of the Land Cruisers that had been parked waiting for him a few kilometers from his home. As he was approaching the burial grounds, Bobi Wine took to social media to tell the whole world how he had escaped from policemen. He tweeted thus; “I had to find a way of attending the burial of our patriotic elder Haji Siraji Samanya Lyavaala in Bugiri. No matter how much the regime tries to keep us apart, we shall always find a way of coming together.”
Upon learning about such humiliation which exposed lapses within the police, IGP Ochola immediately ordered all the security officers surrounding Bobi Wine’s home to leave immediately. Lyavala died on April 24 at Norvik Hospital in Kampala where he had been admitted due liver cancer. During his political journey, he served as councilor in Iganga district before it was carved out of present day Bugiri district. He spearheaded the formation of Bugiri District in 1997. From being a local councillor,he was elected as the first district chairperson for Bugiri district. He is survived by a widow and five children, according to his son, Meddy Lyavala. He was buried in Bugeso Village, Lwemba Sub-county Bugiri district.