Kyadondo East Legislator and singer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine’s consultation meeting in Lira District has been blocked by police and the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF).
Kyagulanyi was expected to host a consultative meeting at Lira’s Pacific Grand Hotel today, Wednesday, January 8, but police and UPDF forces cordoned off the place and ordered all ‘People Power’ coordinators to vacate the hotel premises.
The people power team that was led by Latif Ssebagala tried to seek an audience with the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) OF Lira but they were informed that he was busy in a security meeting.
On Tuesday, The RDC Milton Odongo told journalists that although police had initially granted permission to Kyagulanyi to hold the meeting, they will not be allowed on the premises because the hotel owners had failed to give People Power a written consent letter as stipulated in the Inspector General of Police(IGP)’s letter.
Odongo said that a clear program and proof of consent for the use of the intended venue had to be given by the legal proprietor of the premises at least three days before.
This is the third time this week that a People Power meeting is called off following the standoff in Gulu district and in Gayaza, Wakiso.
On Monday, the legislator cum singer was arrested and detained on his way to Gayaza’s Our Lady of Good Counsel pitch for what was meant to be his first meeting.