Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine remains in hiding, almost 12 hours after police raided Jinja town to block a concert where he was expected to perform today Sunday alongside other local artistes. The singer-turned politician says police combed his hotel and the entire town in Eastern Uganda “looking for me everywhere.”
He further said police blocked most roads during the search. “I will try not to avail myself to them,” he cautioned, adding, “Arua is still fresh in our minds and we know what they can do. But this injustice must end and we must put it to an end by ourselves. Police are yet to comment on the latest development.
The law enforcement body’s spokesperson Emilian Kayima was not readily available for comment on Sunday morning.
However, President Museveni earlier this week said security agencies would not allow assemblies whose motive is to mobilise people to overthrow his government. “As long as I am around, no one will cause chaos of the kind in France,” said Museveni.
Citing intelligence reports, Museveni said the opposition have employed several tactics including assemblies to ignite an equivalent of an ‘Arab Spring’ in Uganda, something he will never allow.
Bobi Wine’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam said his client has been forced to “seek refuge from an unlawful midnight raid by police which has seen many of his supporters and colleagues swept up and detained while others were reportedly beaten.” He did not provide evidence to back up his claims.
MbararaCityNews understands several people were arrested in the police operations in Jinja.
Bobi Wine has in recent weeks stepped up his political activities, appealing to young people to obtain National Identity cards that will allow them participate in the 2021 election exercise. The singer is accused of turning music concerts into political rallies, a claim he denies.
At the launch of ‘Kyarenga’ album at Busabala, Bobi said Uganda was a “time bomb” which would “explode soon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” He also decried the insecurity and poor public service delivery in Uganda.
Rallying supporters, Bobi said: “Imagine a situation where we all unite – doctors, teachers, policemen and play our part in changing our society. Imagine a situation where all our streets are well lit and you don’t have to struggle to identify those who kill or people.”
According to Amsterdam, who has been communicating with Bobi Wine while he has temporarily sought refuge, “Bobi Wine has broken no law, the concert was fully and legally permitted, and the other participating musicians were not targeted.”
He added: “We are going to be rigorously documenting every unlawful act and violation of rights by members of the police and their superiors and will seek to hold them accountable before every available international forum. The highest authorities have an urgent responsibility to halt this deplorable persecution without delay.”