Police has come out and explained why it cancelled the planned consultations by presidential hopeful also Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as Bobi Wine on Monday.
Kyagulanyi had scheduled to start public consultations from Gayaza in his constituency, then to other parts of the country before standing for the highest office.
Police cordoned off the venue, dispersed the public that had started gathering and arrested Bobi Wine with 15 others who have been detained at Kasangati police station.
Addressing the press at the police headquarters in Naguru, spokesperson Fred Enanga explained the blockade saying that Bobi Wine did not fulfil some of the prerequisites to hold such meetings, and that he also intended to use them as up front campaigns which is not allowed.
“We are aware that the roadmap for public consultation by Presidential Aspirant Hon. Roberst Kyagulanyi Sentamu were supposed to commence today, at Gayaza play grounds. Although him and his group claims that they met all the legal requirements by Electoral commission, we would like to inform the public that the provisions of the Public order management Act, which deals with conduct of Public meetings and assemblies were not fully met,” he said
Enanga said that the Act stipulates that all political actors and organisers intending to hold public meetings should as a requirement notify the IGP, 14 days in advance and not less than 3 days as Bobi did.
He explained that the request should indicate the date, location, size, purpose and other basic information which is justified on such grounds to ensure the smooth conduct of the public meeting.
According to police, Bobi is not supposed to conduct his consultations in open grounds like he had planned in Gayaza, but closed places such as halls and conference centres which are easy to police.
“In this very instance, he did not avail proof a closed venue and the number of delegates or participants,” police said
Police states that it is on record that political actors and groups that in the recent past fully complied with the notification and formal authorization procedures in the POMA have held successful public meetings and deliberated on their concerns, aspirations and views under very peaceful settings. These include the DP, FDC and ANT among others.
“We congratulate them and do encourage the People Power pressure group to emulate them,” Enanga added
“Therefore using consultations as a tool of upfront campaigns or front loading is in conflict with the EC roadmap and acceptable at this stage.”