BUGIRI/MAGERE – Last night, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine outsmarted security presence at his house in Magere, Wakiso District and escaped house arrest.
Bobi Wine on social media said he had to find a way of attending the burial of the ‘patriotic’ elder Haji Siraji Samanya Lyavaala in Bugiri District.
“No matter how much the regime tries to keep us apart, we shall always find a way of coming together,” he said.
The singer turned vocal critic of long serving Museveni had his house surrounded by police and the military since Easter Monday barring him from leaving the residence.
Police claimed the measure was part of a preventive arrest.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the Kyadondo East MP planned to disrupt public order; hence his movement will be restricted until further notice.
At the time of the arrest he was due to present a petition against police brutality over the nature of his arrest.
“When they blocked me, I asked my lawyers to deliver the letter, but they too have been blocked and stopped from accessing the police headquarters. A public office! They were ordered to leave the gate to the police headquarters immediately or face arrest!” he added in a follow-up tweet.
Bobi Wine at the time of his latest arrest had been leading a procession of his supporters to a beach venue on the outskirts of the capital Kampala, which was to host one of his scheduled concerts.
Authorities had earlier denied Bobi Wine permission to stage concerts in Kampala, Arua, Gulu and Lira.
Police then violently used teargas and water cannon to disperse a gathering of Bobi Wine’s supporters, who had gathered at Busabala, One Love Beach, a venue for the banned concert.
State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Mario Kania told Parliament that Bobi Wine whose Easter Monday concert at his Busabala based One Love beach was blocked and his promoters arrested by police which had an army back up will soon be summoned to the CID headquarters to make a statement.
Appearing before Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Kania was tasked by MPs to state the charges against Bobi Wine and to detain him in the lawful detention structures in case he has a crime.
Minister Kania reiterated that “Police says has committed some crimes and has been summoned to make a statement at the CID offices either today or tomorrow”.
The singer turned motor-mouthed politician and now an opponent of long serving President Yoweri Museveni, is at war with the Police for stopping his concerts, a source of his livelihood.