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YOU SHOULD TELL ME WHETHER I’M UNDER HOUSE ARREST: Bobi Wine Threatens To Storm Naguru Police Headquarters On Foot

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Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias  Bobi Wine has threatened to storm Naguru police headquaters over the continued cancellation of his concerts.

Today morning, Police blocked Bobi Wine, Mityana legislator Hon.Francis Zzaake and events organisers Abtex and Bajjo events from accessing the Kyarenga Easter concert venue. When they insisted, Bobi’s car window was smashed in order to force him out, he was later driven to his Magere home where he held a press conference.

“After driving us to different places, police later dropped us at my home in Magere. I addressed the press and delivered the message I intended to deliver at OneLoveBeach. As I speak,  police is still deployed at all entrances to my home- checking all cars that are coming in and those that are going out. I am yet to establish if I am under house arrest or something. For now, the message is one- we shall peacefully demonstrate against these illegalities by police. Tomorrow I will walk to Naguru police headquarters to deliver the notification,” Bobi Wine said.

Police officers trying to open Bobi Wine’s car

 Below is Bobi Wine’s full press statement.

22nd April, 2019

PRESS STATEMENT

Greetings, countrymen and countrywomen.

Yesterday, the 21st day of April, 2019 the Uganda Police Force once again blocked our music concert which had been scheduled to take place today at One Love Beach Busabala. Their letter also indicated that all our other planned shows across the country stand cancelled. For clarity, we have been planning to hold mega music concerts in the districts of Lira, Gulu and Kitgum and police had been duly notified. This brings the total number of our shows which have been blocked by the Police to 124!

Every citizen of Uganda knows what this is about. President Museveni is simply not happy with what I sing. He would simply want me to sing praises for him, and since I have refused, he won’t let me perform anywhere in Uganda. Being the coward he is, his government has even proposed ridiculous regulations that would ensure that I don’t perform outside Uganda without clearance from the government. He simply can’t stand our message being aired out anywhere.

Let me remind the nation that we have so far taken the following steps from the time these violations started in October, 2017. We filed a case in the High Court in 2017. Todate, judgement has not been delivered. We petitioned the Uganda Human Rights Commission. We are yet to get a hearing. We petitioned the Parliament. Parliament passed a resolution against the blocking of our concerts and ordered the police and other security agencies to stop this unconstitutional conduct. They totally ignored Parliament’s resolution. We held meetings with the police leadership asking them what law we had violated. All they said was that they were acting on orders from above!

Let me also remind us all that it is not only our music shows that have been illegally blocked- I have on several occasions been barred from moving freely in this country. Several events that planned to host me have been cancelled, including a graduation event in Kasese. A few months ago, police attempted to block me from attending my sister’s wedding in Gomba district- I only eluded them and got to the event. In the recent past, police teargassed a church congregation that I attended in Kayunga. I have been put under 24 hour surveillance as if I am a criminal. People Power activities across the country have been blocked with impunity.  Several of our songs have been banned on radio and television Stations. All these illegalities have been orchestrated by a few people in the police leadership, acting on the orders of President Museveni.

While these illegalities have been meted out on me, my family and the People Power movement, our other comrades in the struggle have not been spared. The police has violated clear constitutional provisions and blocked FDC activities across the country. Radio stations have been switched off for hosting comrade Dr. Kizza Besigye. Several events organised by the Democratic Party have been blocked without explanation. Colleague Members of Parliament have been arrested for protesting against evictions of our people in Apaa. Traders in Kampala have been brutalized for trying to peacefully protest against several injustices. Comrades such as Hon. Francis Zaake have in the recent past been violently arrested by the police. Other comrades such as Dr. Stella Nyanzi are being illegally detained.  Many political activists are being illegally detained in ‘safe houses’ and being subjected to all manner of torture. Even our Muslim brothers and sisters have been blocked from holding public prayers in protest against the injustices on the muslim community. Journalists have been brutalized by the police and the military for doing their work.

The citizens have been watching all these injustices, and have been asking us- WHAT NEXT?

As I have labored to explain, we have made resort to all lawful avenues to have these illegalities struck down without success.

We have now decided  to resort to another lawful avenue to protest against injustice by the leadership of the Uganda Police Force. We are invoking Article 29(1)(d) of the Constitution of Uganda which guarantees every citizen the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully unarmed, and to petition. We shall hold peaceful demonstrations against the brutality, injustice and misuse of authority by the leadership of the police.

We call upon all those who have been victims of police brutality, injustice and misuse of authority, as well as other well-meaning Ugandans to demonstrate peacefully against these illegalities.

We have written to the Police informing them of our intention to protest against the Police, as required by law. On Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 I will use public transport and if necessary, walk to the Police Headquarters in Naguru to deliver the letter notifying them of our intentions. All other Ugandans who wish to protest are also encouraged to write to the police and walk or drive there to deliver the letters of notification. We cannot continue to live as slaves in our own country!

Your brother and comrade,

Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert- Bobi Wine

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Do You Want Us To Kneel Before You And Ask For Permission? People Power Fires Back At Enanga After Police Tasks Them To Write Formally Instead Of Dumping Their Consultation Letters At Police…

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Police spokesperson Fred Enanga has advised presidential hopeful who also doubles as the People Power boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to formally inform police and all the law enforcement forces instead of dumping his letters at their station.

On Sunday 16th February, Bobi Wine announced that he is resuming his consultations on Monday 24th February and his first meeting is scheduled to take place at Pope Paul memorial hotel in Ndeeba, Rubaga division, Kampala.

While addressing the press on Monday at police headquarters at Naguru, Enanga said that Bobi Wine just dumped his letter at police without giving a clear description of his meetings.

“Yes we received the letter informing us about Hon Robert kyagulanyi’s consultation meetings; the letter indicates that his (Bobi Wine) first meetings will be held at Pope Paul’s Memorial Hotel, but the way he informed the police was informal, you do not have to just dump the letter,” he said.

He added that in the last meeting that Bobi Wine held with the Electoral Commission (EC) officials at the EC offices, Bobi Wine and other stake holders were guided to formally communicate to EC and police and after call a   meeting to harmonise the positions of all parties involved.

Enanga said that instead of following the agreed procedures, Bobi Wine decided to kick off his meeting without agreeing with other parties which contradicts with the agreement he made at EC.

“His delegation made 10 points on how his consultations will be streamlined and we all agreed that anyone who is planning to consult should approach the police and layout his or her arrangement but not to dump and go,” Enanga insisted.

Last month, all Bobi Wine’s consultation meetings were blocked due to allegations that they lacked clear description and clearance from the law enforcement bodies.

However, when the Grapevine contacted People power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi to comment on the above allegations from Police, Ssenyonyi denied working against the law and revealed that police is looking for ways of blocking their meeting.

“What I can say is that police is only forging all possible tricks to block us from conducting our meeting, they told us to forward our plans earlier and we did it. When they say that the means of communication we used was not formal, do they want us to go kneeling to prove to them how serious we are? Ssenyonyi asked.

He further added that they agreed on organizing their meetings in a closed place something that they did.

“In the meeting, we agreed that police should not block us with stupid reasons and that is what they have started now, our letter was accompanied with clearance receipts of the venues, we are going to meet in a closed place, what do they want us to do?” Ssenyonyi asked.

“I urge Enanga to let us do our consultations because we are doing everything within the law,” Senyonyi added.

By Josephine Kauma

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Mao Enemies Are Using Money From M7 To Oust Him – Mao PS Mwesigwa…

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Democratic Party President Norbert Mao’s Press Secretary Fred Mwesigwa has fired back at the party organizing secretary Sulaiman Kindandala over the claims that he is the boss of the party.

Mwesigwa says that Kidandala should not come out and claim himself the boss after failing to comply with the DP party constitution and failing to maintain the party principles.

“With Kindandala’s indiscipline, he cannot be the boss of our DP party. If he cannot protect the party constitution and principles, how can he be the boss?” He asked.

On Friday, while at the new party headquarters in Nakulabye, Kidandala was given an indefinite suspension from the party for antagonizing the party president and failing to follow the party constitution by organizing his own elections.

In defense, Kidandala said that the manner in which Mao and his followers ousted him was improper and unlawful. He insisted that he is still in charge of the party elections because the meeting that ousted him occurred past 10:00pm and the members who attended it were intimidated through the huge deployment of the military that Mao brought in.

Kidandala said that his tormentors are fighting him because he supports People Power.

“Honorable Babirye Kabanda moved a motion in NEC which declared Hon Kyagulanyi the person DP must work with and that’s why I’m in People Power serving the interests of my party DP,” Kidandala asserted.

In response, Fred Mwesigwa says that Kidandala wanted to create his own party within the existing DP party. He further accused Kidandala and Lubega Mukaaku of being bribed by Museveni to spoil the party.

“Recently, the NEC issued registration forms in White color that were signed by both the party Secretary General Gerald Siranda and him (Sulaiman Kidanda) as indicated in the party constitution, but what Kidandala did later was to introduce his own registration forms in green color signed by only him,”Mwesigwa told the Grapevine.

“Kidandala was given money together with Mukaaku to destroy the party. That is why Mukaaku now wants to stand against Mao. But their plans will not go through because DP is strong with Mao,” he added.

He further urged all DP members to consider only the white registration forms that are approved by the party NEC.

By Josephine Kauma

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I’m Ready To Be The Next President – Miria Matembe Joins List Of M7’s Successors…

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Former Minister for Ethics and Integrity Miria Koburunga Matembe has openly expressed her interest in becoming the next president of Uganda.

Speaking to a group of women in a symposium organized to empower women under the theme, “Re-imaging leadership in the 21st century” in Kampala, Matembe said that she has gone through all the lower levels of leadership and now dreams of sitting in the biggest office in the country while serving as the president.

Miria Matembe has been one of the strong proponents for women’s rights in Uganda. In 1995, she was a member of the Constitutional Commission that created the Ugandan Constitution. She was the former chairperson of Action for Development, Uganda’s leading women’s advocacy organization, an organization she co-founded. For over two decades beginning in 1989 she was a member of Uganda’s parliament. She worked as Minister for Ethics and Integrity from 1998 to 2003, after which time she became a member of the Pan-African Parliament representing Uganda.

Matembe is now the chairperson of a Non-Government Organization Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) that advocates for free and fair elections and democracy in the country.

“I came to the political scene in 1986, I served as a village secretary, went to district level, I rose to parliamentary level and used to challenge fellow male Mps who used to intimidate me whenever I could raise my points at the floor of parliament. This gave me courage and empowered me,” Matembe said.

She added that what made her to stand strong was the help from God and her respecting characters.

“I am a God fearing person, that made me serve a lot in the political system. God provided support and he is still there for me and with his revelation I will stand as a president,” she added.

The CCEDU boss urged Ugandan women in the symposium to stand and contest at all political levels.

“All ladies are capable and can lead others, if given a chance, stand and contest. Politics is for all Ugandans despite of our gender status,” she said.

By Josephine Kauma

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