KAMPALA – The Police have Wednesday morning warned anyone intending to hold any demonstration(s) on Thursday ahead of the return of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine saying such people will be dealt with firmly.
Bobi Wine on Monday revealed that he will be returning to Uganda after close to two weeks in the United States where he travelled for specialized treatment following his violent arrest in Arua on August 13 in which he has continuously accused soldiers of the presidential guard under the Special Forces Command (SFC) of torturing him while in military detention.
People Power supporters including the former presidential candidate, Mr. Samuel Lubega Mukaaku had planned to welcome him at the Entebbe International Airport as he returns home.
But Police have 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.
However, Mr. Emilian Kayima, the Police spokesperson, has said the police will escort Bobi Wine to his Magere based home in Gayaza and that police will not allow any demonstrations of any kind.
Mr Kayima said that Bobi Wine will be availed security upon arrival and on his journey from the airport to his home in Magere.
“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,” Kayima told PML daily on Wednesday.
He added Police and other security agencies have the 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 Bobi Wine but Kayima maintained the police are ready for them.
In a video clip on social media, Bobi Wine said he is returning to Uganda to continue with the struggle to have what he described as ‘a better country.’
“I am coming back this Thursday and I encourage citizens to continue struggling for a better Uganda. The people we are scared of are actually very scared of us. They don’t know how to deal with a united group of young people,” Bobi Wine said.
He also denied that the ‘People Power’ movement is violent, saying “President Museveni and his Lieutenants have tried so much to protect us as a violent group so that they can respond to us with violence. They have tried to twist everything we say to make it sound like a call for violence.”
“People Power is not about Bobi Wine but all the people struggling to have a better country. I’m only just one of the more 40 Million Ugandans that continue to suffer. We’re not a group of violent people. We despise violence and are not associated with violent whatsoever. I have been telling you right from the beginning that we should be peaceful but assertive,” Bobi Wine added.