By Spy Uganda
Luuka: National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has been arrested in Northern Uganda’s Luuka district and rushed to the unknown destination.
Kyagulanyi who was scheduled to hold campaigns in the area was picked up by the police as he approached the campaign grounds.
Police said Bobi Wine had more than 200 supporters recommended by Electoral Commission (EC) to curb the spread of Covid-19. During the arrest, it is reported that counter-terrorism police officers broke into his car under the command of Mwesigwa Frank and smashed all his window glasses into pieces.
“Police under the command of Mwesigwa Frank of counter-terrorism police has violently broken into Hon Kyagulanyi’s car and arrested him at Luuka District headquarter grounds,” Bobi Wine’s social media administrator said.
The same news has been confirmed by Mityaana legislator Hon Francis Zaake Butebi who posted on his Facebook page saying, ”Our President Bobi Wine has been pepper-sprayed and arrested in Luuka!”
The development follows another one of yesterday when the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat was arrested. He was picked up by the police from Kitgum Matidi Sub County while on his way to campaign in Lamwo district.
Amuriat was driven at breakneck speed through Kitgum Municipality in a bid to avoid his entourage and supporters from disrupting President, Yoweri Museveni’s campaign in Kitgum Municipality. Earlier, the police in consultation with the Electoral Commission diverted Amuriat from holding campaigns in Kitgum district where his schedule had collided with that of Museveni.
Meanwhile, police have issued a statement following Bobi wine’s arrest saying several candidates have been holding processions which is contrary to EC guidelines and contuinous defiance despite several police warnings.
Police Statement Reads;
”Despite repeated warnings issued to candidates, their agents and wider public about the negative impact and health risks of holding unauthorized rallies and processions, we continue to witness acts of defiance and total disregard of the EC guidelines.
Therefore, those who shall defy these 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.”
Meanwhile, according to a statement issued by Luuka Police Station, Bobi wine has been charged with the offense of ”DOING AN ACT LIKELY TO SPREAD INFECTIOUS DISEASE C/S 171 OF THE PENAL CODE ACT”
The District Police Commander Luuka, Frank Mwesigwa earlier revealed that since it’s was past court hours, Bobi Wine is going to spend more 48 hours in detention until he is charged.