Police have confirmed that they have arrested National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine in the city centre for holding an unlawful procession.
Kyagulanyi and his supporters who were protesting over the missing Ugandans, mostly his party supporters were arrested at the Constitutional Square and currently detained at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala.
While addressing journalists at the Police headquarters in Naguru, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, said Kyagulanyi is currently detained at the CPS in Kampala where he is recording a statement.
“It is true he has been arrested together with Joel Ssenyonyi for taking part in an unlawful procession. They were holding a procession in the central business district. They are recording statements to know the next course of action,” he said.
Kyagulanyi last week said he won the election with 54.19% and called for countrywide peaceful protests to help reclaim his victory that he said had been robbed from him by the Electoral Commission.
Commenting on the same, the police spokesperson said whereas no one can be stopped from holding a peaceful protest, they ought to work out a plan with police to avoid any eventualities.
“Our politicians should know that the right to peaceful assembly is cherished by the government. But when people claim peaceful protest and see no outcome it transitions into violent protests. There have been precedents where organisers fail to control the crowd.”
“It is not only announcing (peaceful protests) but work with police to give them your plan to ensure the peaceful assembly is not taken advantage of.”
Last week, Dep. IGP, Maj General Paul Lokech has warned that security will not hesitate to crush any elements involved in protests in Kampala and any parts of the country.
“There is no government that can accept such impunity and lawlessness to flourish. If somebody thinks this is a failed state to play around with, you are wasting time.”
Kyagulanyi recently claimed that over 200 of his supporters are still missing, despite having a list released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs detailing the people who are missing.
He insisted that many of his supporters are not among those on the list released by government.