Police have dared the National Unity Platform
(NUP) party to resume its countrywide tours, which were canceled last week by
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi Tumusiime. It
came after NUP’s leadership vowed to resume their countrywide mobilization
tours upon their return from overseas trips.
Key NUP figures, including the party president
Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, Secretary General Lewis
Rubongoya, and Spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, are currently meeting with their
diaspora members and supporters.
Speaking to the media shortly after
Tumusiime's decision to cancel the tours, Ssenyonyi dismissed claims of
violence and sectarianism and declared their readiness to resume activities
upon their return from the diaspora.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has provided
further details on why the force canceled NUP's mobilization tours. Enanga
cited credible information indicating that NUP had planned to confront police
officers in a bid to create disorderly scenes for political gain.
the NUP insist their mobilization tours were peaceful, we had credible
intelligence, that they were determined to confront police and attract ugly scenes,
disrupt the unregulated processions, and cause significant risk to the public,
motorists, pedestrians, bystanders, and participants,” Enanga said.
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Lewis Rubongoya, the NUP Secretary-General,
dismissed police claims that they were planning to attack security personnel as
baseless. He stated, “But of course, it's hogwash for them to make
such ridiculous claims. You saw how peaceful our activities were wherever we
went, so there is no iota of truth in those claims.”
Bobi Wine and NUP members have been drawing
large crowds in almost every part of the country during their initial phase of
mobilization tours. In this phase, NUP visited various locations, including
Mbarara, Kabale, Kasese, Mbale, Mayuge, Hoima, Arua, Lira, and Luweero.
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Maj Gen Tumusiime argued that during these
visits, NUP did not adhere to police guidelines, leading to traffic
disruptions, business losses, property damage, traffic-related fatalities, and
“In the first phase, the police and sister
security agencies exercised restraint and avoided any confrontation with NUP,
that could have attracted ugly scenes, for publicity and negative propaganda
against the police and the country at large,” Enanga said.
Tumusiime emphasized that they could not
afford to witness cities, towns, and the entire country in turmoil, which was
their reason for canceling NUP's countrywide tours. Police alleged that Bobi
Wine and other NUP party leaders were inciting the public to protest against
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.