2021 Election Watch

Kitgum, Pader Authorities Block Bobi Wine from holding Rallies

 The National Unity Platform (NUP) flag bearer, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu porpularly known as Bobi Wine has been blocked from holding his scheduled campaign rally in Pader and Kitgum District, according to latest news the Daily Express News has received.

This was reportedly due to too much pressure from district security officials to the venue managers. Mr Kyagulanyi is scheduled to campaign in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum districts today.

The Pader District NUP coordinator, Mr Joseph Omona Lapit, claims that Ms Alice Ajok, the Pader town clerk was ordered by security at the district not to allow Mr Kyagulanyi to access the venue due to unclear circumstances.

“When we approached the town clerk’s office on Tuesday morning, she was very positive about giving us the open ground, but later she refused to receive our money for the venue saying it has been booked for another activity,” he said.

When contacted Ms Ajok said there was a change of plans and NUP could not be allowed to carry out its activities as it was earlier scheduled.

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“I told them to first go and get clearance from the district security committee before we give them our open ground, but unfortunately at the time they returned, the ground was already booked for another activity,” he said.

Pader district playground in Pader Town Council
The playground at Pader Town Council in Pader District where Bobi Wine was scheduled to hold a campaign rally on Wednesday. Authorities denied him the venue claiming it was already booked for other activities. Photo | Robert Owot

Kyagulanyi together with his campaign team have since decided to hold the rally along the streets of Kitgum since they were not allowed to access the venue for his campaigns.

Nubian Li, a musician who is part of Kyagulanyi’s campaign team revealed that they were also denied access to the hotel of their choice.

“RDC in Kitugum says no NUP in Kitugum! They drove us to a hotel of their choice last night at around 4:00a.m and  we have even been stopped to proceed to the town centre,” he said.

Kyagulanyi, who also doubles as a musician decided to use his street campaign to sing to his voters.


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