Today, the police arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Joel Ssenyonyi , Asuman Basalirwa, Latif Ssebagala, Benjamin Katana and Lewis Rubongoya at Kasangati police station. This as the opposition MP, Bobi Wine planned to follow up his first scheduled and announced consultation meetings ahead of his Presidential bid in 2021.
This shows that the notifications, that the letters to both the Police Force and the Parliament is useless. As the tear-gas, the blocked venue in in Gayaza, at the Our Lady of Good church.
If the Police Force, the authorities thinks this is big business, which this is efforts well made. They are very wrong. They are just showing their impunity and their oppressive behaviour. By first mandating the opposition to follow protocol, notify and follow the laws. While doing so, prepare to block the venues, arrest the leaders and stop the meeting from ever happening. That is just wrong.
The Police has said the organizers didn’t secure the security for the participants and also lacking toilets at the location. Nevertheless, the Police had enough security to block of the venue, put roadblocks all-over and arrest the leadership. You go figure, what the priorities where, it wasn’t for the opposition to meet and greet, but it was to detain the leadership and seal off the venue.
The media also got to pay for their monitoring of the unfolding events:
“JUST IN: Police has arrested NBS reporter Edward Kisekka, Radio Simba’s Ssematimba Bwejiire and NTV’s Arnold Sseremba. This as they covered the arrest of presidential hopeful Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi” (NBS Television, 06.01.2020).
What has happen to the politicians they have been detained for a few hours at Kasangati Police Station, but now its reported that they are being moved to Naggalama Police Station for further arrest, where they will be behind bars for longer. Who knows for what charges or for what reason they all got arrested. It will surely be in the bounds of inciting violence or unlawful assembly. We don’t know yet, but this is another misuse of preventative arrests, which have done before by the authorities in concern with opposition leaders and MPs.
All of this happening in Gyaza in Wakiso district isn’t new. That opposition leaders getting detained in Kasangati isn’t new either. This is ordinary, scheduled programming, but the intent is shown and the force of the state is there. That the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their authorities does this. Only further proves, their liberation struggle was for a handpicked few, but not the for public at large. Because, if so, why cannot a man who has followed all procedure get to hold consultation meetings ahead of presidential candidacy in the upcoming election?
That just doesn’t make sense.
That’s why the authorities says things like these: “They should have requested for security of their participants which they have not done – Edson Muhangi, Kasangati DPC on why Bobi Wine’s consultative meeting has been blocked” (NTV Uganda, 06.01.2020).
When a man has done everything in advance and the authorities knows about it. Why not offer security? You got manpower to detain, block and put up roadblocks. In regards to not being informed or not having capacity to secure the venue. If the authorities really minded it. They would have all resources to secure them and the public to participate. However, they were predetermined to seal it off and arrest the opposition leaders. Which isn’t shocking, but yet another story in how the Police Force and the government handles opposition in the Republic at the stage. Peace.