A combined force of the police and the military raided the Kamwokya based headquarters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and confiscated an assortment of items including files of signatures that Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine was planning to present to the Electoral Commission (EC) for his nomination as a presidential candidate.
Heavily armed police and military officers laid siege at the offices in the midmorning hours, cutting off the Old Kira road to traffic right from Bukoto to Kobil fuel station along Kira road.
Several NUP secretariat staff and parliamentary aspirants who had gone to clear with the party ahead of their nomination scheduled for Thursday were arrested.
The security officers then broke into offices including Kyagulanyi’s office from where they confiscated several items including computers and cameras among other items.
“The military, police and other security agencies have laid siege on the National Unity Platform offices in Kamwokya. Several of our staff and leaders have been arrested. They are breaking into the different offices, taking all documents and other valuables. The dictator is in total panic!” Kyagulanyi tweeted.
NUP spokesman, Joel Ssenyonyi later told journalists that some of the files containing voters’ signatures endorsing Kyagulanyi’s candidature had been taken by the police.
Justus Akampurira, the deputy secretary for NUP’s elections management committee said that they had no idea why police raided the offices but hastened to add that this could be one of the ploys to frustrate the nomination of their presidential candidate.
He said that the raid on their offices and arrest of staff is unjustified since NUP is a legally registered political party.