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HAPPENING NOW: Demonstrators surround CMI boss over Bobi Wine

CMI Chief Col Abel Kandiho at Kisekka Market  as angry traders surrounded him, protesting government’s refusal to allow Bobi Wine to travel abroad for specialised treatment (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) commander Brig Abel Kandiho was on Friday forced to flee  Kisekka market as angry traders surrounded him,  protesting government’s refusal to allow Bobi Wine to travel abroad for specialised treatment following torture by security operatives.

The market is currently under heavy military deployment and Brig Kandiho, who was seemingly supervising the deployment, arrived in the area around midday guarded by soldiers.

At that moment, protesters,  mainly youth,  came close to him, with each asking him to explain why police and army had blocked the Kyadondo East MP from going to abroad for treatment.

“Do you want him dead? Tell us why you don’t him to be treated. We don’t have any problem with you but you should tell your man Museveni to leave Bobi Wine alone. He has done nothing bad about him,” the youth charged.

Spurred on by the reception from Brig Kandiho,  more protesters drew closer and encircled him,  shouting “People Power, our Power” slogans.

He then asked the soldiers why the shops were closed upon which the traders told Brigadier Kandiho that the soldiers were disturbing their peace.

Heavy military deployment is seen vividly in the city as tension taking shape in Kisekka Market as youths protested Bobi Wine’s torture and denial to fly for treatment (PML Daily PHOTO)

When he tried to walk around the market,  the surging crowds surrounded him,  forcing him to get back into his vehicle and drive off.

The protesters then continued shouting more slogans supporting Bobi Wine until security forces fired teargas to disperse them.

The security situation remains fluid. Mr Kyagulanyi and MP Francis Zaake were on blocked on Thursday at Entebbe International Airport as they flew to US and India respectively for specialized treatment following the injuries they sustained during the Arua Municipality by-election fracas.

Police deployed earlier deployed in Kamwokya where five people were arrested near Mr Kyagulanyi’s office. People had also started a protest demanding for his release so that he can go abroad for treatment.

 

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