Military locks down Luwero to block Bobi Wine

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National Unity Platform [NUP] Saturday claimed that a day time curfew had been imposed on the people of Luweero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke today ahead of Bobi Wine’s campaign.

“The military is beating people forcing them to close their shops and houses and ordering them to remain indoors.”This is a place Museveni calls his (political) Mecca. They are scared,” Bobi Wine said on Saturday, a claim UPDF dismissed as untrue.

“There is no any day curfew imposed on Luwero by the military as some sections of the social media have reported,” army spokesperson Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso dismissed the reports.

She added: “We condemn the misinformation operation some political circles have chosen to take. The public is called upon to ignore such allegations.”

“We are passing through tough times, with so many uncertainties. Who knows what tomorrow might be? However, we have hope not only in this life, but in the next,” he told people of Kasanda on Friday.

He said the future in which they strongly believe they will attain, while uncertain, can be entrusted to God, and He will help them through.

On Friday morning, Bobi Wine was forced out by Migyera town council by  Nakasongola district police commander, Patience Namara who made him sleep in a car.

Police confrontations with Kyagulanyi continue further on Friday after the NUP candidate was blocked from holding rallies within major town councils in the Greater Luweero districts.

According to Electoral Commission campaign programme, NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is expected to campaign in Nakasongola, Luwero and Nakaseke districts on Saturday and preparations are already underway in the districts to welcome him.

But Brenda Nabukenya, the NUP coordinator for Luweero district, told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that they had planned to organize rallies within playgrounds located in major towns but police have since blocked the move.

Nabukenya explains that in Luweero town, they had organized a rally at Luweero Boys primary school, but police refused and instead directed them to shift to Ngogoro playground which is in Butuntumula sub-county.

Some NUP supporters in the district who were holding drives mobilising supporters to attend tomorrow’s rallies have been arrested. 

Ivan Kyeyune, the NUP candidate for Nakasongola county says that Kyagulanyi has also been blocked from holding a rally at Nakasongola RC primary school in the town council and shifted to grounds which act as a cattle market located at Lwamutoogo village in Wabinyonyi sub-county, a sparsely populated area.

Kyeyune adds that several residents have been warned by security not to attend the rally. 

Kyeyune adds that the move is intended to ensure that Kyagulanyi doesn’t make inroads in what is considered as the ruling NRM party strongholds.

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