Though the supporters of the aspiring Member of Parliament, Bobi Wine have faulted the police for arresting him stating that this is meant to intimidate his supporters and rid him of support, to Bobi Wine, this has been the best day of his campaign trail.
Through out the day all media houses TV, radio have been airing Bobi Wine live for free. In addition all headlines on all popular Televisions in the country, NTV, UBC, NBS and Bukedde have been “Bobbi Wine arrested”. The coverage will continue in tomorrow’s papers.
Kyagulanyi, was arrested after he refused to follow police orders instructing him to abandon a scheduled campaign rally.
Kyagulanyi refused to leave the venue and told his followers not to move. He maintained that he was granted permission to campaign at the venue.
The police ordered for Kyagulanyi’s supporters to disperse because President Museveni was due to be in the area to attend a rally for Sitenda Sebalu, the NRM candidate in the same by-election.
After a brief impasse between Kyagulanyi, his supporters and the police, the musician turned politician was arrested and quickly driven away to Kasangati police station. From Kasangati Police station Kyagulanyi was driven to Kira police station.
Kyagulanyi was later released after he agreed with the police to change the venue of of his campaign rally.
What this means is that even those that did not know him will now know him.
Arresting him on the last day of his campaign is the best present you could give him.
Being an independent candidate with no party funding him, he badly needed publicity.
While addressing the media at Kira police station shortly after his release, Kyagulanyi said that as a peace-loving person, he had decided to work with the police to find an amicable solution to the issue.
Kyagulanyi’s campaign team says that their candidate was scheduled to address a rally at Kasangati Saza grounds and later at Katadde but police kicked him out of Sazza grounds on account that his presence their violated guidelines by the Electoral Commission.
Electoral Commission Chairman Simon Byabakama says Kasangati Sazza Grounds was not on Bobi Wine’s schedule today.
His arrest triggered chaos in Kasangati Trading Centre where his supporters were seen stoning the police post and blocking roads with logs and stones. Police fired bullets and teargas to disperse the crowd.
Although he was later released, his supporters stated that the move was crafted to intimidate them as they prepare for elections slated for Thursday. Kasangati Town Council chairman Tony Sempebwa says that the odds still play in Kyagulanyi’s favour.
George Katende, a supporter of Kyagulanyi says it’s unfortunate that Government arrests whoever they consider a threat.
Lawrence Kawuki, another supporter said the arrest was uncalled for. He says they should have directed him to where he is meant to be but not take him to police.
The Kyadondo East parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court nullifying the victory of FDC’s Apollo Kantinti over non-compliance with electoral laws, disfranchising voters and failing to secure custody of election materials.
The ruling followed a successful petition by NRM candidate Sitenda Sebalu who lost to Kantinti by a margin of 326 votes in the 2016 parliamentary race. The two candidates are facing off again in the race which attracted four independent candidates.
They include Kayongo Sowedi Male, Nkuyingi Muwada, Kasasa Edward and musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine.
The elections will be held on Thursday 29.