Police in Mbarara have come out with a stern warning to Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and his National Unity Platform (NUP) not to dare cause chaos in the new city, lest they face the wrath of the force.
The warning was sounded this morning by Uganda Police Counter Terrorism Director AIGP Abas Byakagaba, who is also the Police Zonal Commander for the Ankole, Kigezi region.
AIGP Byakagaba cautioned the NUP group to ensure that they stay within the provided limitations while launching their party manifesto.
The NUP manifesto launch, which has been postponed twice, is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday.
The launch was initially planned for Tuesday this week after the nomination of Kyagulanyi as the party presidential flag bearer.
Police however, foiled this meeting for flouting Covid-19 guidelines. The event was then pushed to Friday and later on to Saturday, following the death of Islamic Scholar Dr Anas Kaliisa.
Addressing the press this morning in Mbarara, Byakagaba said Police would not hesitate to stop the meeting if it is bound to cause chaos in the city.
“The National Unity Platform (NUP) has plans to launch their Manifesto in Mbarara City on Saturday 7 November 2020. We take this opportunity to caution them to abide by the MOH and EC guidelines. All processions, rallies and unregulated assemblies are prohibited,” he said.
“We have response teams against any forms of threats and vulnerabilities like violent demonstrations, hooliganism, sabotage, provocative behavior and cyber crimes among others.”
Byakagaba also warned the rest of the politicians in the area to desist from early campaigns has has been witnessed recently.
“We have registered concerns of politicians actively soliciting for votes at various functions, distributing campaign materials, putting up posters, holding illegal rallies, assemblies and campaign meetings before the campaign period,” he said.
“We would like to caution all individual and political actors that this is against the Electoral road map and guidelines.
“We recognize many Ugandans are passionate about the candidates or political parties they support or intend to support. But it is important that they exercise the fundamental rights under peaceful settings where their safety is guaranteed.”