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Showdown looms as Army, Police deploy heavily in Entebbe ahead of Bobi Wine return

Heavy Military and Police deployment on Entebbe Road ahead of the return of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu September 20 (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA/ENTEBBE – With Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine expected to land in the country any time on Thursday morning, security agencies have deployed heavily in major parts of Entebbe as part of plans to thwart his supporters from hold processions welcoming him at the airport.

Bobi Wine on Wednesday evening rebuked Police for planning to accompany him to his residence in Kasangati when he arrives at the airport, insisting he has plans of making several stopovers in Najjanakumbi on Entebbe road and Kamwokya in Nakawa Division before heading home in Kyadondo.

And going by their actions, security agencies are headed for a showdown with Bobi Wine supporters. On Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, a combined group of army and police officers staged roadblocks on Entebbe Road and started searching every car that was passing.

A Police checkpoint was mounted at Kajjansi roundabout as every vehicle was checked on the evening Wednesday, September 19 (PML Daily PHOTO)

Police’s anti-riot and patrol vehicles were also seen moving along the road, especially in Abayitta Babiri Town, which is near the airport.

Police on Wednesday issued tight guidelines to be followed by the legislator upon arrival at the Entebbe International Airport. “He [Bobi Wine] will only be received by his close family members at the airport after; he will be escorted to his home. There will be no rallies,” the statement issued by police spokesperson Emilian Kayima read in part.
Kayima also warned that there is no family member or the People Power member that has informed them about any plans by the legislator to hold a procession and any attempts to hold one will be a breach of the Public Order Management Act.

But Bobi Wine attacked police officers saying they want to decide who picks him and where he goes go upon arrival.

“Why do these police officers allow themselves to descend so low? They now want to decide who picks me and where I go upon arrival?” Bobi Wine wrote on social media also adding that none of his family members will pick him but he will instead find them home.

Police trucks at Kajjansi on standby to disperse any public procession ahead of Bobi Wine’s return Thursday September 20 (PML Daily PHOTO)

Meanwhile, several people were arrested in downtown Kampala distributing T-shirts bearing Bobi Wine portraits. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said they will be charged with inciting violence.

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