Police have said that Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine’s supporters caused havoc on public infrastructure during the foiled Monday, January 6 consultations.
Police also released a number of CCTV footage and photos from their ‘strategically’ located cameras and monitoring tools around Kasangati to back up their claims.
On Monday last week, Police cordoned off Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gayaza Parish pitch where Kyagulanyi had intended to host his first presidential consultative meeting. Police denied access to People Power coordinators saying that they had not fulfilled requirements under the Public Order Management Act (POMA).
Kyagulanyi had secured clearance from the Electoral Commission in December 2019 but its chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama on issuance of clearance warned him of not turning the consultations into early campaigns that are prohibited in this period.
According to the report by police, they claim there was a deliberate move by Bobi Wine and his supporters to destroy property.
“On the morning of the 6th January 2020 in Kasangati showed a clear and blatant breach of all the Uganda Electoral Commission guidelines by Hon Robert Kyagulanyi and his team resulting in the intervention of the Uganda Police in the interest of public safety,” the police report said.
“Various narratives have since emerged demonizing the Uganda Police even after the severe restraint exercised by the officers on the ground amidst all manner of provocations and lawlessness.”
According to Bobi Wine, his team complied with all the necessary lawful requirements before being blocked by police and military.
In a press conference that he held last week following a meeting with officials from both police and Electoral Commission, Kyagulanyi said that police had conceded to having acted outside the law on many issues.
He said, “We put to police all the violations they have been involved in these past few days and demanded that they are put to an end. Indeed, they conceded to having acted outside the law on many issues,”
Kyagulanyi also said that he was to issue a new schedule of consultation meetings before asking the police to respect the resolutions from their meeting.
Enanga however, did not agree with Kyagulanyi’s narrative about the resolutions of the meeting. He said that representatives from People Power group chose to misinform the public deliberately in the presentation of their draft proposals as the official position of the committee.