There’s been no end in sight yet for the running disagreement between the National Unity Platform Presidential candidate Bobi Wine and security forces on how best to carry out his campaigns around the country.
Bobi Wine has met hurdles in almost every place he has been to for campaign as security moved in to prevent him from holding rallies and even appearing on local radio stations.
On Thursday night, Bobi Wine says he was blocked from accessing his hotel in Hoima which forced him and his team to spend the night in their cars on the roadside.
“Our plan to spend the night in Hoima was frustrated as police blocked all roads. We drove to Migera but police under DPC Patience Namara and OC Byaruhanga ordered all hotels not to host us. We had to spend the night on the roadside, sleeping in vehicles! In our own country,” he ranted.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga was unavailable to comment on the ongoing deadlock.
However, Asan Kasingye the Police Chief Political Commissar appeared displeased with the police actions in Hoima, saying he “wouldn’t understand why anyone would do this.”
Speaking early this morning, Bobi Wine called on his supporters and campaign team to observe restraint and not to try to provoke members of security.
“I know that the situation we are in is provoking and infuriating but we have the responsibility to remain calm. You cannot fight evil with evil,” he said.
Yesterday The Electoral Commission wrote to the Uganda Police asking them to stop blocking presidential candidates from accessing scheduled venues to conduct their respective campaign meetings.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola on Thursday, the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said police disrupting presidential candidates had resulted in unnecessary confrontations with physical clashes involving security officials and the candidates and their supporters which has portrayed the conduct of electoral activity in a negative way.
“As you are aware, after the nomination exercise, presidential candidates harmonized their respective campaign programmes covering the entire country for the duration of the gazetted campaign period. The Commission has provided a copy of this programme, including changes as they are officially made to all stakeholders including the Uganda Police Force,” read the letter in part.