Police Bobi Wine consultative meetings
Police: Bobi Wine failed to submit his proposal for consultative meetings in time. File Photo

We wrote to Bobi Wine to remind him to submit his proposal for consultative meetings but he didn’t, says Uganda Police

Police have refuted claims of denying the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine from holding yet again other consultative meetings arguing that the legislator failed to present a full proposal as earlier requested of him by the authorities.

On Monday, 24, the police were heavily deployed at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Ndeeba from where the People Power initiator was scheduled to hold a consultative meeting ahead of the upcoming 2021general elections.

However, police defended its decision to gazette the Hotel premises claiming that they could not accept a meeting to go on illegally. 

While addressing a group of journalists today morning, the deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye implied that Kyagulanyi held a meeting with the Electoral Commission (EC) in which the former proposed a 10 point strategy to be followed before holding any meeting with his supporters but he did not accomplish that.

Police Bobi Wine consultative meetings
Police: Bobi Wine failed to submit his proposal for consultative meetings in time. File Photo

Namaye who was first to rubbish claims of the legislator meeting all the requirements explained that on January 31 and February 18, 2020, the director operations also wrote to remind honourable Kyagulanyi to submit these proposals but they got no response.

“Kyagulanyi held a meeting with the Electoral Commission (EC) in which the former proposed a 10 point strategy to be followed however, these strategies have not been submitted to the police.

“On January 31 and February 18, 2020, the director operations wrote to remind honourable Kyagulanyi to submit these proposals but this has not been done,” Namaye defended the police’s decision.

This is not the first time Bobi Wine has had his consultation meetings cancelled. Earlier this year the legislator had a total of up to three other meetings stopped from happening.

On 6th January, he was arrested as he attempted to hold what was meant to be his first meeting in Kasangati. His second meeting scheduled to be in Gulu then was also called off on issues among others failed to meet the required criteria.

His third meeting which was set to be held in Lira District was also cancelled in the same month. Police said on January, 8 that the hotel owners where the Lira meeting was supposed to be held did not submit acceptance letters at least three days before the event day according to legal authorities.

However, Namaye has indicated that police is only awaiting an assurance from the legislator that law and order will be put into consideration to give him a go ahead with his consultative meetings.

“The police therefore still awaits the assurance that there shall be an effort to respect law and order by abiding with agreed-upon strategies to embark on the team’s consultative meeting schedule,” Namaye added.

By John Dalton Kigozi