Kyagulanyi deserves humane treatment by gov’t – Bishop Ochola

Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine is led into a vehicle by riot policemen in Luuka district, eastern Uganda November 18, 2020. COURTESY PHOTO/REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

Kampala, Uganda | URN | Retired Kitgum Diocese Bishop Rev. Macleod Baker Ochola has appealed to the government to accord National Unity Platform [NUP] party president Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine humane treatment as a Ugandan citizen.

Speaking to this publication in an interview on Wednesday 20th, Bishop Ochola said that the government does not have to mistreat Kyagulanyi because of his different political ideas.

His remarks come as the former presidential candidate completes a week under restrictions imposed on his movement by security agencies that have also blocked access to his home in Magere, Wakiso district.

Kyagulanyi is held with his wife Barbra Itungo, who reportedly has an 18-months-old baby in her company.

The army and police have maintained heavy deployment around his home since Thursday 14th, January 2021. The two security agencies said they will maintain the presence of their personnel at the home of the opposition politician to prevent incitement of riots.

The army spokesperson, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso and her police counterpart, Fred Enanga on Tuesday 19th said they had intelligence indicating that Kyagulanyi and other opposition politicians have plans of inciting youth to riot against the results of the presidential election.

But Bishop Ochola says denying Kyagulanyi his right to freely move amounts to an abuse of his rights and demands that the opposition politician is set free.

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The prelate also condemned the high handed approach used by security forces in the country against civilians during and after the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Kyagulanyi came second after President Museveni in the recently concluded presidential elections. Museveni won with 58.64 percent of the total 5,851,037 vote cast while Kyagulanyi got 34.83 percent (3,475,298) votes.

The musician turned politician however rejected results of the presidential elections announced by the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama alleging there was widespread vote-rigging.