A huge crowd gathered outside Planet Hotel in Bugiri town after a military raid aimed at arresting Kyadondo East MP Bobi Wine.
“So the security forces looked for me up to 5:30am this morning and failed to find me but arrested 16 of our team members and drove them to an unknown place,” Bobi said on social media.
According to reports, Special Forces Command [SFC] that guards the president was working with police to surround Bobi Wine’s hotel and that of Bugiri MP candidate, Asuman Basalirwa.
Bobi said the military arrested comrades include; Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro (Deputy spokesman DP), Tumuhairwe Denis, Ssenyonjo Sheriff (my personal assistant), Lukwago Ramadhan, Kim XP (the videographer), Tabs Ku Camera, Counsel Ukasha Ssekajja, Ssenyange Joseph, Katongole Julius, Njuba (My driver), Roy Ssemboga (former MAK Guild President), Andrew Natumanya, Sulaiman Kakooza, Kiwanuka Kenneth (my sound man), plus two ladies whose names are still unknown to me.
“We demand for their unconditional release because they did not commit any crime!” Bobi said.
Bobi said he was being told that since President Museveni is campaigning in Bugiri today, they wanted to arrest him and the team so as to ensure he [Museveni] finds a smooth ground.
“This is very wrong and unfortunate. This is our country! We’re in a political contest, not in a military contest.”
He added: “All of us should be left to campaign for our respective candidates so that the people decide for themselves who to vote.”
He said the NRM more than anyone else should remember that intimidation of this kind has been used throughout history but it never wins in the end.
“Therefore, we shall not allow to be intimidated. We shall proceed with today’s rally as planned.”
There have been more nasty scenes in the Bugiri municipality campaigns with a mother and son caught in the chaos after they were stabbed in one of the campaign rallies.
This adds to the death of another person who was shot dead at a campaign rally last week.
“The establishment has always painted me as a rebellious person. They are using the police to bulldoze those who are champions of change and it is evident here in Bugiri,” Bobi said earlier.
“”I have a right to protest and will continue doing that. I urge all champions of change to come to Bugiri tomorrow for the final rally as we support Asuman Basalirwa.”