Police allows Basalirwa party amid fears of Bobi Wine

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Police has finally cleared Bugiri municipality Member of Parliament Asuman Basalirwa to hold an election victory party.

Police had earlier deployed heavily ahead of the thanksgiving ceremony after intelligence information that Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was among the guests.

Basalirwa told edge.ug that he will hold his party today Saturday December 29 although police wrote to him with concerns about the venue.

Basalirwa whose chief campaigner was Bobi Wine won the Bugiri seat with 3,928 votes ahead of NRM’s Francis Oketcho and FDC’s Eunice Namatende.

On December 26, he wrote to Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola seeking security for his party at Hindocha primary school playgrounds in the municipality.

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In its response dated December 27, police said the venue was too big to provide adequate security.

It asked Basalirwa to look for a smaller venue most likely a town hall or hotel to hold his party.

Police cited demands for security by end of year festivities.

Basalirwa instead moved his party to Busoga university premises for it is a closed area.

Bugiri district police command Jeff Buyungo then told him they won’t let him go to that venue on suspicion that Bobi Wine would attend the event.

When contacted on phone, Basalirwa told edge.ug police has at last cleared him to go on with the party.

“They cleared it though it is starting late. We moved it from Hindocha primary school grounds to Busoga university formerly Bugiri high grounds.”

Asked about the presence of Bobi Wine, Basalirwa said there were concerns and fears by police but still he has to throw a party for his supporters.

 

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