A serious rift has erupted between security Minister Gen Ely Tumwine and top police chiefs over the arrest of some members of National Unit Platform headed by defeated Presidential Candidate Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine.
According to information obtained from security circles, two weeks to Presidential elections, Gen Tumwine instructed officers from Special Forces Group (SFC), Chieftaincy of military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) to arrest most of Bobi wine’s supports across Buganda region whom they suspected could cause chaos on voting day or even after.
Security sources say more than 200 Bobi Wine supporters were arrested from areas of Kayunga, Mbarara, Masaka, jinja, Busia among other districts on orders of Gen Tumwine and were detained from different police cells.
Insiders in police say while detention, the suspects managed to tell their relatives which police stations where they were detained from and wanted them to go for their rescue.
“After knowing where our people were detained, we stormed police stations and demanded for their release or be produced before courts for trial since they had over stayed in police cells,” says one of the NUP leaders.
Sources from police told us that upon arrest, Gen Tumwine instructed that nobody should be released without his orders.
“The suspects are here with us and have over stayed in police cells beyond 48 hours but our hands are tied because of orders from Gen Tumwine,” says a senior police officer.
NUP leaders added that police officers have told them they cannot release their suspects nor produce them before courts without instructions from Gen Tumwine.
“Since we have known that police has no authority over our detained relatives, we have no option other than running to court to order Gen Tumwine to produce our people dead or alive,” adds another relative of the detained Bobi wine supporters.
Relatives add that they have not seen all their people who are detained from safe houses and they are worried over their life and safety.