The Uganda Police Force and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine have entered a second war as he is again blocked from holding consultative meeting over his presidential ambitions come 2021,we have learnt.
The first war had live bullets and tear gar at Kasangati in Wakiso district when police blocked Bobi wine first Consultative meeting claiming that he had not fulfilled the requirements that were given to him by the Electoral Commission.
Bobi Wine and several People Power members including Members of Parliament were arrested and detained from several police stations for close to three days but were later released with no Charge.
The legislator together with his lawyers and other members of People Power later held a closed meeting with Electoral Commission and members from security to find the solution on how he could start his consultative meetings.
During the meeting, both parties accepted having committed errors and promised not to repeat them. Bobi Wine assured police and EC that he would submit ten strategies before holding his consultative meetings. He was later allowed to go further with his consultative meetings.
Over the weekend, People Power announced that they would have their consultative meeting at Pope Paul hotel based in Rubaga Divison, Kampala District. They whole world knew that police and EC had cleared Bobi Wine to hold his first Consultative meeting at Pope Paul. Thousands of People Power supporters across the Country had prepared to attend and bless Bobi Wine to out sit President Museveni from power come 2021 general elections.
HEAVY DEPLOYMENT AT HOTEL
The second war started early in the morning where police and Army deployed more than 5000 personnels both in military Uniforms and civilian blocking People power supporters from accessing the hotel.
By 4:30am security had sealed off Pope Paul hotel in Rubaga and nobody was allowed to enter including the usual workers. At around 6:00am, thousands of people Power supporters arrived at the hotel to get ready for the meeting but to their surprise, they found the hotel had turned into a war zone.
“We expected to find Pope Paul hotel designed with People Power colors and the pictures of our President Bobi Wine pinned all over but we found army and police armed with guns and other armored vehicles around who denied us access to the hotel,” says one of the People Power supporters.
TEAR GAS, BULLETS ROCK HOTEL
Meanwhile supporters from People power told us that police and army fired live bullets and tear gas to hundreds of Bobi Wine supporters who had turned up to attend the consultative meeting at Pope Paul hotel.
Supporters say when they demanded police and army to explain why they were blocking them from accessing the hotel yet it was fully paid, they responded with tear gas and live bullets, which made supporters run awayin fear for their lives.
POLICE SPEAKS OUT
Polly Namaye the Deputy Police Spokesperson while addressing journalists on Monday at Police headquarters in Naguru said Bobi Wine’s consultative meeting at Pope Paul was blocked because he did not full fill what police wanted.
Namaye says, following the botched consultative meeting in Kasangati, the legislator together with security agencies and the Electoral Commission had a meeting in which Bobi Wine proposed a 10-point strategy to be followed during the consultative meeting but up to now he has failed to submit them to police.
“On January 31 and February 18, 2020, the Director operations AIGP Asuman Mugenyi informed Bobi Wine to submit the 10 strategies but instead gave police deaf ears,”Namaye said.
Namaye added that police still awaits Bobi Wine to submit his 10 strategies, which will be reviewed and later, grant him permission to kick off his consultative meetings.
Police insist that unless the said strategies that Bobi Wine allegedly promised to present to the law enforcement body are seen, his consultative meetings hang in balance.
On January 6, police arrested Bobi Wine as he attempted to hold his first consultative meeting in Kasangati that was deemed unlawful for not fulfilling all the required conditions under the Public Order Management Act.
PEOPLE POWER SUPPORTER KILLED
Joel Ssenyonyi, the people power spokesperson says Ritah Nabukenya, one of the strong supporters of people power has been killed by police today morning. He says the deceased was clad in people power attire this morning on a boda boda in Nakawa. He added that a police track chased her and later ran over her. “We have learnt that she has since passed on. We are currently at Mulago hospital mortuary with police officers tossing us around,” Ssenyonyi posted on his Facebook page.