It was a cocktail of teargas, beatings and running battles as security operatives on Friday blocked the National Unity Platform (NUP) party leader, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, from accessing Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) radio station in Mbale City.
Bobi Wine had a talk show at BCU radio station scheduled for 11:20am but was reportedly denied access by security operatives on orders of Mbale Resident City Commissioner (RCC), Ahamada Washaki.
“Today was yet another testament that the military dictatorship is on borrowed time, and definitely on its way out. They are simply very scared of the people,” he said.
He added: “After blocking us from addressing a radio program in Mbale, they teargassed our people, beat them up and harassed them in many ways. But I want to thank those who braved the teargas and beatings and joined us to listen to the message of change.”
NUP supporters had gathered outside BCU radio station premises as early as 7am.
“I want to thank all of you in all the areas we passed for the massive love. We do not take this for granted, well knowing that you braced so much intimidation for you to come out!” he said to the supporters.
When they arrived at the station, Bobi Wine and other party leaders were told by the radio’s programmes manager, Richard Werishe, that they got directives from Washaki and police not to host him.
“We got to Mbale for a scheduled and booked radio programme today (November 12, 2021). We found the studio locked because the RCC and DPC ordered the management of the radio station not to host us and we are told the RDC has ordered the radio programme to be cancelled,” Bobi Wine told journalists.
He is expected to address the people of Lango Sub-region on a local radio station in Lira District and thereafter speak to the party regional mobilization team today (Saturday).