Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who was scheduled to hold a rally in Kalangala district today. Where the early reports was that his team and allies was arrested by the Police. Later in the day now. While the police is using tear-gas to disperse the crowds.
There is now reports that Bobi Wine is “arrested” or “abducted” from the venue by a army helicopter. This is physically moving him from the venue and from the campaign trail. The whole team of 90 was taken by the authorities.
The state isn’t calling it an arrest, but it is pre-emptive action and done with deliberate moves. As there are no charges or warrants of this action. Only that the Presidential Candidate is taken and they are supposed to air-lift him to Magere in Wakiso.
What is also reported is that the BBS TV Journalist Culton Scovia Nakamya was arrested today as she was reporting on the campaign of Bobi Wine.
We know the authorities are up to no-nonsense and full panic-mode, when this is stated online:
“We would like to clarify that the candidate was restrained for continuously holding massive rallies amidst the increased threats of coronavirus, in total disregard of the Electoral commission and Ministry of health guidelines. He’s being transferred to his home in Magere, Kampala. Part of his advance team, captured on Cctv cameras and several video footages, while deflating tyres of police motor vehicles , inciting violence, obstructing police officers on duty, violating the health and safety protocols and various traffic offences, have been arrested” (Uganda Police Force, 30.12.2020).
Because like always in the matters of the authorities in the Republic. The victims of the political arrests are the ones to blame. Never the police who has the guns, the ammunition and the weaponry to cause harm. That is why its suspect that it only happens to the opposition and they are doing it like this on the regular.
They are clearly blocking all his ways to move and even airlifts him. Hopefully, they will tow his cars and all other personal effects to Magere too. As they should be liable for the belongings of NUP on the island. As they were the ones moving him with force from there.
Even if the state doesn’t call it an arrest. It is in a fashion. Because they are forcing him from campaigns. They are taken him and his team away. This is an pre-emptive arrests, which have been used to other opposition candidates in the past. Then it has been house-arrests without court orders. Now, its happening here after days of suspending campaigns.
The President and authorities must be so proud of this clandestine operation. Peace.