Police in the western Rwizi region has come out to explain circumstances under which shots were fired at the vehicle carrying National Unity Platform Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).
Bobi Wine, while campaigning the region on Friday as has been the case in other places he has been to, was engaged in a standoff with police, which culminated in bullets being shot to deflate the tyres of his Land Cruiser.
The incident happened at Kichwamba trading centre as Bobi Wine was heading toward Rwampara.
Bobi Wine announced last evening on social media that “masked men in black police uniforms who trail us on all campaigns, cut us off the road in a remote area and yet again shot at our car flattening the front tyres.”
However, according to the Rwizi Regional Police spokesman Samson Kasasira, the police action was prompted by Bobi Wine supporters who shredded the tyres of a police vehicle first.
“Deflating of his tyres was as a result of members of his team planting nails in the road that deflated tyres of one Police patrol vehicle and attempts to assault Police officers that were recording evidence of the ongoing events to counter fake news by grabbing their cameras,” Kasasira said.
He also said no one was injured in the shooting as was alleged on social media.
Kasasira added that Bobi Wine was also frustrated by the low turn up of supporters at his campaign venues.
At places such as Nyakaguruka playground, he said Bobi Wine “didn’t find any supporters awaiting him, so he left the venue moving towards Mbarara to proceed to Isingiro district”
“He was escorted to Isingiro district through Ntungamo district to attend his rallies but it turned into a drive through as the excepted number of supporters was not found at the organised venues.”
Eventually, the police spokesman says Bobi Wine was escorted to Nim Hotel in Nyamitanga where he spent the night.
The NUP candidate is today expected to campaign in the Greater Bushenyi and on Sunday he will conclude in Mbarara City at Kakyeka stadium, after scouring the areas of Kashari Bwizibwera and Rubindi.