National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has decried the partisanship of security agencies following the incident at the party’s offices on Wednesday.
Personnel attached to the police and army on Wednesday afternoon besieged the offices of the NUP, cut off access roads, and broke into each of the office rooms.
With men armed to the teeth deployed outside, a search ensued, ransacking every corner of the offices.
The search lasted for more than 2 hours.
NUP secretary general, David Lewis Rubongoya confirmed to this website that several red berets, documents, and other campaign materials were confiscated.
Rubongoya said that those officers did not present any search warrants but they instead forced themselves in.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the raid and said that police were targeting red berets and all army attires at the NUP secretariat.
“Targeting all locations illegally manufacturing, supplying, distributing, selling and using uniforms and accouterments whose ownership and patented designs was gazetted and an exclusive preserve of the armed forces,” Enanga said.
However, speaking about the same incident, Bobi Wine said many of the party supporters were injured in the fracas.
He also castigated the security forces labeling them partisan.
“The military and police just raided our head office in Kamwokya. They have broken into offices and taken away valuable documents and other items. Some comrades have been injured. The partisanship of security agencies ahead of the election is stinking,” Bobi said.
Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential flag bearer and former army commander Maj General Mugisha Muntu summarized the happenings as unfortunate but not ‘surprising’
“The high-handedness with which security agencies raided NUP headquarters is an unfortunate, calculated injustice we are all too familiar with. Unfortunately, but not surprising. As we’ve been doing, the ANT stands in solidarity with People Power,” he said.
“We continue to appeal to all security personnel of good conscience to remember that their duty is to the people of Uganda, regardless of who is in office. Time is fast approaching when those you will report to are those you were formerly ordered to antagonize,” he added.