Security in Mbarara has been beefed up to prevent potential chaos by members of the National Unity Platform party (NUP), as they launch their manifesto today November 7.
On Friday this week, The Uganda Police Counter Terrorism Director, who also doubles as the Ankole, Kigezi Commander, AIGP Abas Byakagaba warned Bobi Wine against causing chaos in the region.
He cautioned NUP to ensure that they stay within the provided limitations while launching their manifesto.
According to the photos that were shared by the party officials via their Facebook pages, officers of Uganda Police Force were seen holding boxes containing substances that are suspected to be tear gas canisters.
Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the party president noted that they have been cleared to hold the launch at Kakyeka stadium which is slightly out of town.
“They insisted that even in a stadium, we must host only 70 people. It is clear the intention is to prevent any display of support to us by so many supporters that we have in Mbarara, as in all parts of the country,” he said adding,
“We first attempted to hold the event in a hotel in Mbarara but several of them informed us that they were instructed by security not to host us. In fact, we had paid booking fees for Adit House but the proprietor called back with apologies that the RDC instructed him to refund our money.
“We went ahead and secured another venue along Buremba Road in Kakoba Division. Preparations have been in high gear, until today when they came and complained that the place is so close to the town Centre”
Bobi Wine noted that the security also gave them illegal instructions that they (NUP) must not pass through the town or even spend the night there.
“We had notified them of our intention to officially open our office located on Makhan Singh street, but they claim that we cannot do this, because our office is in town,” he noted.