Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine after the violent arrest yesterday, as his Easter Monday Concert was blocked by the authorities, today, the Police Force and the authorities itself have sealed of his home in Magere. His wife Barbie and the kids was stopped at the roadblock nearly not allowed to go out of the home to school.
Clearly, the message of protest against the impunity and lack of freedom is issuing fear within the National Resistance Movement. As they have to go to extreme measures and house arrest Bobi Wine. Without a court order or without any proof of crimes. They are doing a pre-emptive measure, which means they will say his “inciting violence” or destroying “public order” without any proof of it. That is just how they operate.
Bobi Wine isn’t the first nor the last person to get this treatment, as more opposition figures and dissidents will get this treatment from the Police Force. This is the way they are, as the orders from High Above, states this.
Bobi Wine’s own Statement on today:
“Police and the military have been deployed at my residence since yesterday, after the violent arrest. My home is under siege. They have surrounded my fence and installed barricades on all roads leading to my home. It is today when I attempted to move out of my home that the police told me that I am under house arrest. I was headed to Police headquarters in Naguru to deliver a notification about our planned peaceful demonstrations against police brutality, injustice and misuse of authority. When they blocked me, I asked my lawyers to deliver the letter, but they too have been blocked and stopped from accessing the police headquarters. A public office! They were ordered to leave the gate to the police headquarters immediately or face arrest! Since they have refused to receive our notification as commanded by the law, WE SHALL GO AHEAD AND DEMONSTRATE PEACEFULLY AS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION. This is our country!” (Bobi Wine, 23.04.2019).
When a Member of Parliament is under house arrest for doing his civic duty. You know something is wrong with the justice system and with the state of affairs. When a MP and a citizen can loose all his rights. He is just one out of plenty, who if they use their voices, it will be shut-down. Just like in the past, it will happen in the present time too.
Bobi Wine is getting the Besigye treatment, the House Arrest without a Court Order or a Warrant. Just a mere reflection if the injustice happening in the Republic. Peace.
Greetings, countrymen and countrywomen.
Yesterday, the 21st day of April, 2019 the Uganda Police Force once again blocked our music concert which had been scheduled to take place today at One Love Beach Busabala. Their letter also indicated that all our other planned shows across the country stand cancelled. For clarity, we have been planning to hold mega music concerts in the districts of Lira, Gulu and Kitgum and police had been duly notified. This brings the total number of our shows which have been blocked by the Police to 124!
Every citizen of Uganda knows what this is about. President Museveni is simply not happy with what I sing. He would simply want me to sing praises for him, and since I have refused, he won’t let me perform anywhere in Uganda. Being the coward he is, his government has even proposed ridiculous regulations that would ensure that I don’t perform outside Uganda without clearance from the government. He simply can’t stand our message being aired out anywhere.
Let me remind the nation that we have so far taken the following steps from the time these violations started in October, 2017. We filed a case in the High Court in 2017. To date, judgement has not been delivered. We petitioned the Uganda Human Rights Commission. We are yet to get a hearing. We petitioned the Parliament. Parliament passed a resolution against the blocking of our concerts and ordered the police and other security agencies to stop this unconstitutional conduct. They totally ignored Parliament’s resolution. We held meetings with the police leadership asking them what law we had violated. All they said was that they were acting on orders from above!
Let me also remind us all that it is not only our music shows that have been illegally blocked- I have on several occasions been barred from moving freely in this country. Several events that planned to host me have been cancelled, including a graduation event in Kasese. A few months ago, police attempted to block me from attending my sister’s wedding in Gomba district- I only eluded them and got to the event. In the recent past, police teargassed a church congregation that I attended in Kayunga. I have been put under 24 hour surveillance as if I am a criminal. People Power activities across the country have been blocked with impunity. Several of our songs have been banned on radio and television Stations. All these illegalities have been orchestrated by a few people in the police leadership, acting on the orders of President Museveni.
While these illegalities have been meted out on me, my family and the People Power movement, our other comrades in the struggle have not been spared. The police has violated clear constitutional provisions and blocked FDC activities across the country. Radio stations have been switched off for hosting comrade Dr. Kizza Besigye. Several events organised by the Democratic Party have been blocked without explanation. Colleague Members of Parliament have been arrested for protesting against evictions of our people in Apaa. Traders in Kampala have been brutalized for trying to peacefully protest against several injustices. Comrades such as Hon. Francis Zaake have in the recent past been violently arrested by the police. Other comrades such as Dr. Stella Nyanzi are being illegally detained. Many political activists are being illegally detained in ‘safe houses’ and being subjected to all manner of torture. Even our Muslim brothers and sisters have been blocked from holding public prayers in protest against the injustices on the muslim community. Journalists have been brutalized by the police and the military for doing their work.
The citizens have been watching all these injustices, and have been asking us- WHAT NEXT?
As I have labored to explain, we have made resort to all lawful avenues to have these illegalities struck down without success.
We have now decided to resort to another lawful avenue to protest against injustice by the leadership of the Uganda Police Force. We are invoking Article 29(1)(d) of the Constitution of Uganda which guarantees every citizen the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully unarmed, and to petition. We shall hold peaceful demonstrations against the brutality, injustice and misuse of authority by the leadership of the police.
We call upon all those who have been victims of police brutality, injustice and misuse of authority, as well as other well meaning Ugandans to demonstrate peacefully against these illegalities.
We have written to the Police informing them of our intention to protest against the Police, as required by law. On Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 I will use public transport and if necessary walk to the Police Headquarters in Naguru to deliver the letter notifying them of our intentions. All other Ugandans who wish to protest are also encouraged to write to the police and walk or drive there to deliver the letters of notification. We cannot continue to live as slaves in our own country!
Your brother and comrade,
Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert- Bobi Wine
As we knew yesterday, that the concert scheduled today on the One Love Beach at Busabala, or the Kyarenga Extra Concert was blocked. Early this morning the Police Force had put up road-blocks and massive amount of police officers at the venue. They didn’t have the manpower for the concert to be held, but enough to close-off the venue. Shows the priority of the state.
In that manner, as they have blocked the up-coming Kyarenga Concerts as well, as the one tonight. The man behind it, Roberty Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the MP and singer was trying to access his property and hold a press conference there. However, the authorities are in acceptance mode.
The road-block was put in place as the convoy of Bobi Wine was passing to his property. However, the Police Force broke a window on his car, forcefully arrested him and even threw tear-gas at him. The Police did the same at the public and the crowds around the car. They used water-canons on the public, as well as tear-gas, also using live-bullets.
Bobi Wine wasn’t the only arrested today, also his promoters Andrew Mukasa and Abbey Musinguzi were taken in custody. At this point of time, we don’t know where they are detained. The same can be said about Francis Zaake MP. Whose also was arrested as he was supposed to go there too. Nubian Li is the only one who walked away without being arrested.
We know after all the fuzz, the Police have driven Bobi Wine directly to his home in Magere. So, that he cannot address the public or be at his other property. Because, that is decided from high above.
Surely, this was well planned manoeuvrer to stop it from ever happening. As they were there from early on today and had all equipment, manpower and the means to stop it. They knew that Bobi Wine and friends could try to access his own land. Still, they wouldn’t let him. Even as they had already blocked the event from happening through letters.
Therefore, the actions was in ordinary fashion of the Police Force. With violence and arrests. This is just what they do. Pre-emptive strikes and attacks on the public. That is just what they do. The Police Force use all means to silence the opposition. They have done it again and surely can report giddy to Okello House. That they have saluted Bosco with a mission accomplished. Peace.