Police halt Bobi Wine’s countrywide mobilization tours

Three people killed in Bobi Wine’s Masaka procession
Bobi Wine Masaka procession.

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Police have once again put a halt to all future countrywide mobilization activities organized by the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP).

Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson, announced this decision in a statement released on Friday 31, May 2024 evening. The decision comes in the wake of a tragic accident at Maya along the Kampala-Masaka Highway.

“As the government agency mandated to protect life and property, keep law and order, the police management has decided to halt any further consultative activities of NUP as a party with immediate effect until this matter is conclusively investigated and resolved,” said police mouthpiece Fred Enanga.

On Friday morning, a tragic accident occurred involving two vehicles and three motorcycles, resulting in the loss of three lives, including two boda boda riders and a passenger.

According to the police, the accident occurred when a Toyota Hiace, which was part of a procession led by NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine to Masaka, collided with a Toyota Noah, subsequently impacting the three motorcycles.

Police halt NUP countrywide consultative tours following a fatal traffic accident along the Kampala-Masaka Highway.

Two people tragically lost their lives on the spot, while the third succumbed to injuries while being transported to the hospital for medical attention.

The police reported that despite an agreement during the meeting with the National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders to uphold discipline before, during, and after their mobilization rallies, however, this agreement was not adhered to. Additionally, the police accused the opposition NUP of obstructing roads during their processions.

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“NUP have disregarded the agreed position and continue to act with impunity as demonstrated in today’s unfortunate incident at Maya.”

Mr. Enanga added, “We appeal to the public to remain vigilant, observe law and order. Whoever acts contrary to public order and safety shall be held accountable under the laws of Uganda. The safety of Ugandans will always remain our priority.”

This development follows Mr. Kyagulanyi’s rally in Masaka, during which he made remarks, particularly directed at former Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Mathias Mpuuga. Supporters of Mpuuga expressed opposition, stating that the NUP leader would not be welcomed in their region.