By Mable Nakibuuka
The Uganda Police Force have refuted allegations that they arrested National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine in Kalangala Islands, where he had gone for his presidential campaigns.
News spread like wildfire on social media on Wednesday afternoon that Bobi Wine had been arrested by the police and military after being blocked from continuing on his campaign trail.
However, the Police have since issued a statement refuting the allegations and asserting that they only restrained the musician turned politician from risking his life and the lives of others to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by holding mass rallies.
The police statement reads in part thus;
“Please disregard false claims by NUP and other social media platforms that Hon.Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert has been arrested, while on his campaign trail in Kalangala District.
We would like to clarify that the candidate was restrained for continuously holding massive rallies amidst the increased threats of coronavirus, in total disregard of the Electoral commission and Ministry of Health guidelines.
He’s being transferred to his home in Magere, Kampala.
Part of his advance team, captured on Cctv cameras and several video footages, while deflating tyres of police motor vehicles , inciting violence, obstructing police officers on duty, violating the health and safety protocols and various traffic offences, have been arrested for further statement recording.
More details to follow.”
Meanwhile, besides Bobi Wine, several other NUP supporters among them Eddy Mutwe and others, plus journalists who were covering Bobi Wine’s campaigns were also arrested, although the police have yet to reveal their fate or the charges against them them.
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