By Mable Nakibuuka
The situation is tense in Mbarara City where Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the presidential candidate for the National Resistance Movement (NUP) is set to launch his manifesto as he campaigns ahead of the 2021 general election.
Bobi Wine is to launch his manifesto at Kakyeeka stadium on the outskirts of Mbarara City and our sources there reveal that the police have deployed heavily around the stadium, blocking all journalists, politicians, NUP supporters and other people from attending the event.
The police in Mbarara issued directives to the effect that Bobi Wine’s manifesto launch is to be attended by only 70 people as per the Ministry of Health guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Bobi Wine was slated to launch his manifesto on Friday but he had to postpone it after the event coincided with the burial of Sheikh Dr. Anas Kaliisa, the NBS TV host and Islamic scholar who died this week and was buried at his ancestral grounds in Ntungamo District.
Also on the agenda on Bobi Wine’s activities is opening the NUP offices in Mbarara City, which will operate as the party head office in Western Uganda, although it is not yet clear whether the police will allow him.
We have established that the police have since banned the wearing of red berets, t-shirts, overalls and other People Power attires, whereby they are checking everyone allowed to enter Kakyeeka stadium to ensure the attires are not sneaked in.
It should be noted that the Kyadondo East MP also rejected government security given to him by the Electoral Commission after his nomination on Tuesday.
Bobi Wine’s plans to launch his manifesto at NUP offices in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, on Tuesday, were foiled by security operatives who detained him after nomination at Kyambogo sports grounds before firing teargas and live bullets at his supporters.