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Bobi Wine, NUP warned against proceeding with Mityana meetings

Bobi Wine during the Masaka Rally

Mityana, (UG):- The Police in Mityana Municipality have issued a resolute warning telling off the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) not to proceed with secret plans to hold consultative meetings in the district this week or else they will ‘face it rough’.

In a police statement on Monday, June 3rd, Ms Racheal Kawala, the Wamala Region Police spokesperson revealed that they have credible information on NUP’s plans to hold consultative meetings in Mityana on Tuesday, June 4, which they will not allow to take place since their rallies were halted last week.

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“We would like to remind the public that the police management on 01. June 2024 halted any further consultative activities of National Unity Platform (NUP) as a party on public and road safety reasons,” said Rachael Kawala, the police spokesperson of Wamala Region.

“We would like to warn all intending participants and other members of the public not to join the unauthorized processions. The joint task force will take very resolute enforcement action in accordance with the law against any illegal acts in order to promote rule of law. We therefore urge the public to observe law and order,” she emphasised.

Last week, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abbas Byakagaba halted all rallies of NUP, two days after they had been cleared.

Byakagaba, who officially assumed office recently, directed all police commanders to ensure NUP doesn’t proceed with their intended rallies, with the next one planned for Tuesday in Mityana Municipality.

According to Byakagaba, the decision follows NUP’s lawlessness that was exhibited on Friday on the Masaka road as its President, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, headed to Masaka. He added that an audit on the rallies will be conducted.

“As the government Agency mandated to protect life and property, keep law and order, the police management has decided to halt any further consultative activities of NUP as a party with immediate effect until this matter is conclusively investigated and resolved.”

The crash that claimed the lives of three people who were part of Bobi Wine’s convoy occurred at 10 am involving 2 vehicles and 4 motorcycles on Friday at St Lawrence College, Maya, along Kampala Masaka Highway.

According to the police, the loss of three lives was a result of the recklessness of the drivers and riders who were driving at excessive speeds without regard for other road users.

However, according to NUP, the accident happened after its convoy had left the scene.
“We challenge the police to conduct efficient, independent and expeditious investigations to establish the cause of the accident,” said NUP.

In the aftermath of the police ban on their rallies, NUP leadership in a statement issued last week announced the postponement of its mobilization campaign in Mityana District which was scheduled for this Tuesday, June 4.

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