Today, the People Power Movement and Bobi Wine with associates was supposed to hold an Consultation meeting in Lira. However, the RDC and the whole brigade of the state was adamant that wouldn’t happen on their watch. Nevertheless, the MP and his colleges showed up and was prepared to hold their “first” consultation.
That was not happening, as the venue was sealed off, the RDC of Lira had already ordered it to not happen and the Police Force was in town. Where they intercepted Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and others. They used live-bullets and tear-gas to disperse the crowds in the streets.
We know that other than the arrest of Bobi Wine, Mathias Mpuga, Francis Zaake and Muwanga Kivumbi has all been forced out from their cars and instantly arrested by the Police. Also, the People Power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi have been arrested. Where they are now on a journey in detention to an unknown location. Who knows where this is going and how long this arrest will last.
This is one of the “pre-emptive arrests” and where the Penal Code comes in-handy for the Police Force. You could think on the third day, that the authorities would let-go and give-way. However, they are pushing up the ante, yet again.
This is the second time in a short while, where Bobi Wine MP have been arrested. Now with other associates than in the past, but both mentioned are MPs respectfully. So, its not like they are some random people catched by the Police. There is a media-blackout, as there was no one to monitor or able to follow the officers and it happen in a remote part of Lira, apparently.
What we do see, yet again is what the state does and how it appear ruthless in concern to the People Power and Bobi Wine. There is no mercy, no opportunity to even meet and greet. As the state is armed to their teeth and using their authority to arrest and detain the leadership at minute. Who knows why it didn’t happen in Gulu yesterday, but maybe the People Power wanted to take it slow after the arrested in Kasangati the day before.
We are just seeing an endless repetition of impunity and misuse of the law in favour of the state and use the law as a tool to oppress. The police isn’t there safeguarding the public, they are there to silence the critics of the state. Nothing else. They will use any excuse about the venue, about the paperwork and every code they can imagine. However, this sort of thing would never ever happen to loyalists or people regarded by the government. They can walk on water, while the People Power have to run through fire.
This isn’t an joke, but an continuation of what has happen in the past. The tools of silencing the opposition in favour of the President and his comrades. The rest got to listen and abide, while he can do his thing. The rest either have to bow their knees or suffer. Now, we see the ones suffering for standing up against the old man with the hat. It costs, second day of arrests, tear-gas and live-bullets. Last time in Kasangati, now in Lira.
Who knows where next, but this shows the lack of heart from this government. Which isn’t surprising, since it got none. Peace.