The Presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has rejected the security detail that was handed to him by the Electoral Commission after his nomination this week.
The 2005 Presidential Elections Act provides for every candidate having a security team provided by the Commission, who must protect him until the elections are done.
Kyagulanyi however says he doesn’t trust the guards that were given to him, and has since accused some of them of torturing him.
“Officer Angume whom I expect to be protecting me has led the officers that splashed pepper spray in my eyes, beating and torturing me,” he said
“Even the officers whom we were given as guards did nothing when I was being tortured. Byabakama the EC chairperson did nothing when I was being kidnapped so it has shown that all agencies work for one person,” he said.
While addressing media at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala on Tuesday this week, David Lewis Rubongoya, the party Secretary General confirmed his president had rejected these officers.
“Our president was brutally arrested, humiliated and subjected to all sorts of torture moreover after becoming the presidential candidate and still a member of parliament,” he noted
Meanwhile, Rubongoya also told journalists that the party will launch its manifesto at NUP Regional Offices in Mbarara on Friday this week.
“We shall follow the current guidelines of COVID-19 and gather only 70 people not because we are cowards but because we want to show them that we are law abiding,” he said.
The party had scheduled to launch its manifesto after the nomination of Bobi Wine but he was arrested immediately after his nomination.