By Mable Nakibuuka
The Uganda Police have finally spoken out on why they raided National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s home on Tuesday morning.
Various sections of the media reported Tuesday morning that a joint operation was carried out by police, UPDF and LDU at Bobi Wine’s home in Magere, during which two people were arrested and others severely assaulted.
Bobi Wine confirmed the allegations when he revealed during a press briefing he held with other opposition politicians at Hotel Africana in Kampala, when he said that security personnel had raided his home, severely assaulted his bodyguards that were assigned to him by the Electoral Commission, on top of arresting some of his domestic workers.
“The police and other security personnel raided my phone this morning from where they arrested some of my domestic workers and assaulted my guards,” Bobi Wine said during the press briefing meeting with other opposition leaders.
He added that they didn’t give them any reasons why they had raided his home or arrested his two domestic workers.
However, his allegations were refuted by the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, who branded Bobi Wine’s allegations as baseless rumours.
When ExposedUganda.com asked Owoyesigire about the matter, he said that; “We only woke up to news that some people had been arrested at honourable Kyagulanyi’s home. That is not true. We did not arrest anybody from Bobi Wine’s home. All the police did was to go remove the roadblock and checkpoint that had been mounted near Bobi Wine’s home so as to ease traffic,” Owoyesigire said.
He added that; “It is not true that anyone was arrested, whether from the Electoral Commission as it is alleged. His guards have always slept outside the gate and we only went to remove the checkpoint that had been mounted in the area.”
It should be recalled that the police and army cordoned off Bobi Wine’s home on December 27th, 2020 after he was arrested in Kalangala district where he had gone for his presidential elections, before he was airlifted to his home in Magere, Gayaza, Wakiso district.
However, the developments come just a day to the much-anticipated presidential election, in which Bobi Wine and other candidates are contesting against the incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
Since then the police had mounted a roadblock and checkpoint outside his home, to ensure that they check whoever enters or leaves the presidential candidate’s residence, whereby several people have been barred from accessing Bobi Wine’s home for several days.
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