Police have said Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine has not fulfilled all conditions to allow him consult voters about his presidential aspirations.
On Monday, Police deployed heavily at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Ndeeba where the legislator is scheduled to have a consultative meeting about his 2021 presidential bid.
Addressing journalists on Monday, deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye said following the botched consultative meeting in Kasangati, the legislator together with security agencies and the Electoral Commission had a meeting in which Bobi Wine proposed a 10 point strategy to be followed but according to Namaye, this has up to now not been submitted to the law enforcement body.
“However, these strategies have not been submitted to police. On January 31 and February 18, 2020, the director operations wrote to remind honorable Kyagulanyi to submit these proposals but this has not been done,”Namaye said.
“The police therefore still awaits the assurance that there shall be an effort to respect law and order by abiding with agreed-upon strategies in order to embark on the team’s consultative meeting schedule.”
Police insist that unless the said strategies that Bobi Wine allegedly promised to present to the law enforcement body are seen, his consultative meetings hang in balance.
On January 6, police arrested Bobi Wine as he attempted to hold his first consultative meeting in Kasangati that was deemed unlawful for not fulfilling all the required conditions under the Public Order Management Act.
Following that meeting that was never allowed to happen, Bobi Wine said he would start having regular meetings with the law enforcement body but it seems the collision between the two is far from over.
Since declaring his intentions to vie for the highest office in the land, the Kyadondo East legislator has not read from the same page with security agencies that have not only banned his music concerts but also not allowed his consultations to continue.
Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 (1), (2) and (3) states: “An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within 12 months before nomination date.”
It also stipulates, “While consulting, a presidential aspirant may carry out nationwide consultations, prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials, raise funds for his or her campaign through lawful means and convene meetings of national delegates.”
“While consulting, the aspirant shall introduce himself or herself to the commission and notify the relevant local council and the police of the area to which he or she goes,” the law adds.
What they say
Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act provides that anyone who aspires to become president can write to the EC and thereafter go around the country consulting citizens about his/her intentions. So in light of this, I am going to interact with Ugandans about his intentions to run for President.
The police still awaits the assurance that there shall be an effort to respect law and order by abiding with agreed upon strategies in order to embark on the team’s consultative meeting schedule.