The National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine surprised security when he showed up at Madera Catholic Church in Soroti City to attend Mass.
In the company of his wife, Barbie Itungo, Kyagulanyi joined worshippers for the early morning Mass, and when word went around that he was in church, a crowd formed outside prompting the Police and the army to deploy heavily along Moroto Road to prevent him from making a procession to town.
Although he didn’t address the church congregation, Kyagulanyi spoke to journalists at Eneku village where he decried police brutality against his supporters and other opposition candidates amidst the loud silence on the part of the Electoral Commission (EC).
He challenged the EC to exercise its powers by stopping the oppression against opposition candidates.
Kyagulanyi was on Saturday teargassed in Amuria district before facing-off with the police and the army as his supporters got involved in running battles with the security in Soroti after the police tried to stop him from accessing the town.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Regional police spokesman, says that the police action was promoted by Kyagulanyi’s supporters who defied security guidelines of not engaging in processions.
Hundreds turned away
Kyagulanyi’s first rally in Kumi district on Sunday was attended by less than 300 people after the police turned whoever showed at Wiggins Secondary School grounds without a face mask.
Francis Masereka, the operations commander at Kumi Central Police Station said that they were under strict orders from their bosses to ensure that COVID-19 prevention guidelines are enforced to the dot.
Some of the residents who were denied access to Kyagulanyi’s campaign venue, said it’s a calculated move by the NRM supporters to deny the NUP presidential candidate crowds in Kumi.
Others claimed that that most of them did not get government masks, adding even the few who received the masks cannot wear one piece daily.