Police last night Monday) released Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, a Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East in Uganda.
He was arrested after he planned to hold a consultative meeting at Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Gayaza, Catholic Parish.
Police said Bobi Wine was planning an illegal public assembly before they transferred the budding opposition figure to Naggalama police station, about 30km east of the capital.
According to the Police Spokesman Fred Enanga” We are aware that the roadmap for the first phase of consultations, by Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, an Aspiring Presidential Candidate for the 2021 Presidential Elections, was supposed to commence today, 06/01/2019, from Wakiso district and get extended to the districts of Gulu, Lira, Adjuman, Yumbe, Arua and Zombo districts” He said.
He added that during the month of December, 2019, the Electoral Commission, described consultations as an exchange of views in an attempt to reach a decision. The identified reviews ought to facilitate exchange of views between the aspirant and those being consulted. And had to be distinguished from campaigns by discouraging the distribution of materials, campaigns, holding rallies and meeting; and canvassing or soliciting for voters envisaged under sections 21 and 24 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005.
In addition, he was reminded as a requirement to notify the relevant local councils and the police of the area, he intended to go for consultations. Although, the Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi claims he met all the legal requirements for public consultations, the provisions of the Public Order Management Act, which deal with the conduct of public meetings and assemblies, were not fully met.
Enanga further states that the request should indicate the date and time of tthe public meeting; details of the organizers, location and consent of the venue owner, the number of persons expected, purpose and any other basic information justified to ensure the smooth conduct of the public meeting. The organizers also have a duty to adhere to the required criteria for holding public meetings, have a traffic assembly plan, provide sufficient stewards proportionate to the number of participants in the public meeting with clearly identified name tags; coordinate and cooperate with the police to maintain peace and order.
People Power say they will continue with their meetings in Gulu,Lira and others.