Ugandan youthful opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is under arrest.
According to Ugandan media, the People Power Movement leader was taken into custody on Monday, January 6 as he attempted to access a venue where a public participation exercise was to take place in the outskirts of Kampala.
Making entry while flanked by several suppporters, Bobi Wine was reportedly whisked away by heavily armed officers to a police station in Kasangati, Wakiso, Central Uganda.
“We are temporarily holding them in our police station in Kasangati. We shall have to release them at some later stage but we are looking at charges of holding an unlawful assembly and disobedience of lawful orders,” police spokesman Fred Enanga told AFP.
A move that comes hours after a hotel where had planned to hold a meeting with over 2,000 delegates on Tuesday, January 7 cancelled its reservation fearing reprisals from the state.
According to the Northern Uganda People Power regional Youth coordinator Sebastian Ogoni, Jaflo Garden hotel management contacted them on Friday, notifying them that security personnel had allegedly raided their premises and ordered them to cancel the booking.
Reports confirmed by the hotel’s manager, Solomon Onono, who denied the coercion claims but revealed that they turned down the booking for fear that their business may be affected by the activities of the movement.
According to Onono, the hotel cannot host the anticipated 2,000 delegates.
“We fear that what they are coming for is politics and will affect our business. We have also consulted with police and they told us that the team haven’t approached them,” Onono said in an interview.
A position affirmed by Kitgum resident District Commissioner, William Komakech, who denied claims that his officers arm-twisted the hotel’s management.
Komakech clarified that Bobi Wine’s outfit approached the hotel and failed to notify the security teams in the district as one of the prerequisites enshrined in the Public Order Management Act (POMA).