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Police Explain Bobi Wine’s Arrest, Singer Speaks Out

Thousands of supporters today morning stormed Kira Division Police Station to demand for the release of singer and MP aspirant Bobi Wine who had been earlier arrested “for using a wrong venue.”

Bobi Wine was picked up by police at the Kasangati Playground and detained briefly at the Kasangati Police station before being moved to Kira Police.

According to Frank Mwesigwa, commandant Kampala Metropolitan Police, Bobi Wine was campaigning in an area that’s not allowed as per the electoral commission guidelines.

“When you look at electoral guidelines you are not supposed to have a rally near a market, court or hospital. Where he put his rally all these are there,” Mwesigwa said.

The place Bobi Wine was using, Mwesigwa argues, is next to Kasangati hospital and Kasangati Magistrate court.

The commandant also insisted that the “Kiwani” singer wasn’t arrested but “they (police) were trying to harmonize with him on the right venue so as to follow guidelines.”

Bobi wine was later released to go to Gayaza in Bulamu parish to proceed with his campaigns.

On his release however Bobi Wine said that all that is happening is intended to provoke him and his supporters into chaos.

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He also maintains that he “agreed with my supporters to continue with the campaigns since we have a day for the campaign to end.

The self-proclaimed Ghetto president also says “I want us to be remembered as voters who promote peace because we are voters. Whatever we want can be demanded through.”

Among other notable people that came around were his two brothers Eddie Yawe and Mikie Wine, musician Ronald Mayinja and wife Barbie Kyagulanyi.

An angry Eddie Yawe before the release told the gathering that if “he (Bobi Wine) is not released, we shall try all ways possible to get him out.”

The EC Spokesperson Jotham Taremwa in a brief statement following the arrest communicated that the Kasangati venue today belonged to the NRM candidate Sitenda Sebalu.

“According to the harmonized campaign program with EC, Bobi Wine was not supposed to be where he was in Kasangati,” said Mr Taremwa.

“He is supposed to campaign in Gayaza. Therefore, he was campaigning at a wrong venue.”

Mr Taremwa says following the arrest, the commission managed to get in touch with the independent candidate who realized his mistake.

“…He appreciated our advice. He is going to proceed to his campaign venue,” added Taremwa.

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