KAMPALA — Despite the setbacks on Day I and II of his presidential bid consultative process, youthful Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, says his programme will still go on in Lira on Wednesday.
The music star, commonly known by his stage name Bobi Wine was arrested from his constituency on Monday January 6, and was released from Naggalama police custody late in the night but he swears such such incidents make him stronger as he sets his eyes on the presidency come 2021.
On Tuesday, Bobi Wine cancelled his meeting in Gulu, at De Covenant, a hangout in Layibi Division in Gulu Municipality to rescue his arrested colleagues.
Speaking at a pressure conference in Kampala, Bobi Wine said the Gulu meeting was canceled to to make sure “our arrested colleagues are out.”
“We are not going for the Gulu consultation meeting today. This is because we have to make sure our arrested colleagues are out. Our Lira consultation meeting is on because we have met all the guidelines,” he said.
Bobi Wine has denounced police brutality and said that the challenge is “we are dealing with a government that doesn’t respect the law. We are telling President Museveni and his police to respect the law and the ground should be levelled. We are taking you on in 2021 and we are winning.”
Some of his colleagues including the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake who is the People Power youths National Coordinator are also in Gulu.
Police blocked the Monday meeting in Gayaza and accused the MP and his colleagues of failing to comply with some provisions of the Public Order Management Act and Electoral Commission guidelines regarding such meetings.
Bobi Wine’s arrested was also denounced by his Lawyer Robert Amsterdam in a statement.
Amsterdam warned Ugandan authorities on the arrest off his client saying it represents a dangerous escalation of human rights violations.
“Our client Bobi Wine and others have been arrested without reason by Uganda security forces and are being held at Naggalama police station amid reports of violent crackdowns against protesters. We denounce this violation of basic rights and will update on the situation soon,” he wrote.
Speaking to PML Daily Reporter in Gulu, Mr Sebastian Ogoni, the acting People Power Movement Northern Youth Coordinator, said the arbitrary arrest of their Bobi Wine shows how the government is scared of the “anticipated wind of change.”
Those in police custody according to People Power include
Alex Waiswa Mufumbira
Dem Gust Opondo
Rehem Bobi Diehard