Police in Kampala on Wednesday detained two men, who were allegedly found printing T Shirts with messages welcoming Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi back into the country.
The MP, better known as Bobi Wine is expected at Entebbe Airport tomorrow Thursday, having spent nearly three weeks in the United States receiving medical treatment and mobilizing support against President Yoweri Museveni. Police identified the two men as Mzee Collin Spaya and Joseph Katumba, and said these will be charged in courts of law.
The two were printing T shirts which were ordered by a customer named Aidah Nakuya, a political activist. Ms Kakuya told us the men’s work station was cordoned off by Police officers this morning, and that they were arrested and taken to Kampala Central Police Station along with the T Shirts. The activist questioned the police motive, while speaking to us on phone.
“The whole country is preparing to welcome Bobi Wine into the country. I printed my t-shirts like any other citizen to distribute to my people Kasangati, Gayaza and Magere to welcome their MP. How is that illegal?”
Nakuya said she was also called to make a statement at CPS, but she hadn’t responded. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigire, confirmed the arrest to the two men.
He told this website that they would be charged with “Seditious Intention to Bring Hatred or Contempt to the Public, or Government” which is contrary to Section 39 of the Penal Code Act.
Police has no business deciding who receives me at Entebbe
Just hours after police issued security guidelines on the return of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine from the U.S, the pop star has reacted by vowing to defy the directives.
“I’m wondering why these police officers allow themselves to descend so low. They now want to decide who picks me and where I go upon arrival? Well, for your information, no single family member will receive me at the airport, I will find them home because I know where home is! I will be received by friends, colleague leaders and artistes. I will then go and see my sick grandmother briefly at Najjanankumbi from where I will head to Kamwokya for lunch with my family (brothers and sisters) before I go to my home in Magere,” said Bobi Wine in a statement he shared on his social platforms on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier, police spokesperson, Mr Emilian Kayima told journalists in Kampala that on his arrival at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday, the MP will be received by his immediate family and that he will be availed security from the airport to his home.
“Police will further ensure law and order for all road users. There shall be no unlawful rallies, processions and assemblies. Any activity that entails a public gathering must be in conformity with the provisions of Public Order Management Act (POMA),” added SSP Kayima.
However, Mr Kyagulanyi responded saying: “I am a free Ugandan with the right to move freely in my country. The police has no business telling me who receives me and who cannot or where I go and where I cannot. This impunity must stop now. Wama see you friends tomorrow.”