Bobi Wine to be escorted from Entebbe, Processions, Assemblies Banned – Police

Uganda Police address the Press in Kampala today ahead of Bobi Wine's return from the USA

KAMPALA – The Police have slapped restrictions on Thursday’s homecoming of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi.

Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is due to return to the country from US where he has been receiving medical care since August 31 following his alleged torture in the Arua bi elections fracas.

Kyagulanyi was arrested and taken to the court Martial on treason charges. He was later given bail after which he flew to the US.

With a call from several groups urging People Power supporters to turn up in big numbers for Bobi Wines home coming, the Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima in a statement released Wednesday morning said that no more than a dozen people will be allowed at Entebbe Airport, with priority being reserved for family members. The Police say the move is to maintain “peace, law and order”.

“The Police and other security agencies have intelligence of country wide mobilisation of different groups of people who are being distributed with Red T-Shirts and posters calling upon them to participate in processions and assemblies to receive the Hon. MP,” Kayima added.

Kayima said the restrictions are in line with provisions of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) 2013, which bars public gatherings unless participants solicit Police permission.

“No member of his family has worked out a mechanism for these intended processions and assemblies as provided for in the law. As a result, they are unlawful and would disrupt normal business activities including movement of people to and from the airport. A section of parents and members of the public are very concerned at such unlawful, unregulated activities” Kayima noted in the statement.

Kyagulanyi, who is currently on court bail after being charged with treason last month in Gulu, is accused together with 34 others of stoning President Museveni’s motorcade on 13th August during the build up to a parliamentary by-election in Arua.

The election was eventually won by the Kyagulanyi’s “People Power” backed candidate Kasiano Wadri.

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