Police: No Procession, Assembly is Allowed as Bobi Wine Returns


L-R: Police officers; Asuman Mugenyi, Emilian Kayima, Moses Kafeero and Norman Musinga during Wednesday's press briefing.
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Ahead of the return to Uganda of Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) on Thursday, Police have cautioned that processions by his supporters will not be allowed to escort him from Entebbe airport.

Police spokesperson, SSP Emilian Kayima revealed this on Wednesday during a special press briefing at the Naguru Police headquarters.

The briefing was also attended by the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, CP Moses Kafeero, the Police Traffic Commander for Kampala Metropolitan, Norman Musinga and Director for Operations, AIGP Asuman Mugenyi.

“On his arrival, the Hon. MP will be received at Entebbe International Airport by his immediate family. He will be availed security from the airport to his home,” Kayima said.

“Police will further ensure law and order for all road users. There shall be no unlawful rallies, processions and assemblies,” he added.

Bobi Wine who has been in the U.S for weeks confirmed yesterday that he will be arriving in Uganda on Thursday. He flew to America for medical treatment after sustaining injuries from what he claims was torture by security personnel during and after his arrest in Arua district.

The news about his return has stirred anxiety with many of his supporters expected to flock Entebbe to receive him.

The guidelines by Police come a day after a group of politicians aligned to Bobi Wine’s ‘People Power’ pressure group led by Samuel Lubega told reporters that there were plans to receive Bobi Wine in a grand way.

Lubega appealed to the public to join the large procession that would escort Kyagulanyi from Entebbe, and asked security agencies not to sabotage their arrangements. He also revealed that from Entebbe, the group plans to converge at the Wampewo grounds to hold special prayers for Bobi Wine and the country at large.

However, Police says that they have intelligence that a group of people intend to cause commotion which will not be accepted.

“The police and other security agencies have intelligence of countrywide mobilization of different groups of people who are being distributed with Red T-Shirts and posters calling upon them to participate in processions and assemblies to receive the Hon. MP,” Police said in a statement.

They say that “no member of his family has worked out a mechanism for these intended processions and assemblies” as provided for in the provisions of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) 2013.

“As a result, they are unlawful and would disrupt normal business activities including movement of people to and from the airport”.

Police has also urged Bobi Wine to comply with the traffic laws and regulations that will be given to him on Thursday.

Kayima assured the wider public that the Police will work with sister security agencies to ensure that there is law and order and total peace.

Commenting on the security measures regarding the return of Bobi Wine, army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire said: “Members of the public desire peace and order to go about their business. These processions and assemblies do not add value to their lives but are simply disruptive. We commend the Police for the timely guidelines”.

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