Security beefs up deployment at Bobi's home as NUP leader again escapes from 'house detention'

Security beefs up deployment at Bobi's home as NUP leader again escapes from 'house detention'
A photo of Bobi Wine in Kabowa on Saturday.

Security have intensified deployment at the home of Robert Kyagulanyi, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in Magere, Wakiso district.

Since Friday night, there has been a significant increase in security deployment around Kyagulanyi's residence, with the police and military implementing various measures to restrict his movements.

Reports indicate that security forces have established new roadblocks strategically positioned to monitor and control access to and from Kyagulanyi's home.

In addition to these roadblocks, mobile toilets have been brought in, indicating that a prolonged operation is anticipated.

Tents have also been erected, potentially serving as command centers for the security personnel involved in the operation.

The primary objective of this heightened security presence seems to be the apprehension of Kyagulanyi, who is believed to be the target of the authorities.

"Meanwhile, since last night (Friday), they have increased deployment all around our home. The police and military have set up new roadblocks, brought in mobile toilets, and put up tents. I am told they're looking for me everywhere to take me back into house arrest," the singer turned politician stated via his social media platforms.

Despite heavy security deployment at his residence, Kyagulanyi managed to outsmart the authorities on Friday and reappeared in Katwe, a Kampala suburb, where he staged a symbolic protest against the city's pothole-ridden roads.

Kyagulanyi's home had been under tight police guard since Thursday, with a police truck blocking access and officers patrolling the surrounding streets.

Barricades and a police checkpoint were also erected near a branch office close to his residence.

Undeterred, Kyagulanyi evaded security and appeared in Katwe, accompanied by some party leaders and supporters.

Armed with banana stems, they proceeded to plant them in potholes along the Ring Road, drawing cheers and chants of "Bobi! Bobi! Bobi!" from Kyagulanyi's supporters.

Kyagulanyi ridiculed the security measures deployed against him, jokingly remarking, "They locked up Kyagulanyi only for Bobi Wine to find his way out."

He then hopped onto a passing motorcycle and disappeared, later revealed to be heading for a secret hideout.

Also, on Saturday, he again left his home and posted photos while in Kabowa.

He tweeted, "we spent part of the afternoon in Kabowa having lunch and interacting with our people. Because yes, our people are our greatest security."

Kyagulanyi is among the leaders who have been urging citizens to demonstrate the impact of the road crisis, and this movement is gaining traction on social media platforms, with individuals sharing photos and stories of the difficulties they face daily due to poorly maintained roads.

The campaign aims to draw attention to the urgent need for infrastructure improvements and government accountability.

As citizens rally around the call for better roads and accountability, the government is facing mounting pressure to address this longstanding issue that has not only disrupted daily life but has also become a symbol of systemic neglect.

The deteriorating state of Uganda's roads has long been a concern for citizens, negatively impacting daily life and economic activities.

Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, rose to prominence as a musician before entering politics.

As the leader of the NUP, he has been an outspoken critic of the government and has garnered significant support among Uganda's youth population.

It is worth noting that Kyagulanyi has previously faced house arrest.

In January 2021, following the presidential election in which he ran as the main opposition candidate, he was confined to his home for several days, citing concerns for his safety.

The current situation raises questions about the government's commitment to political dissent and freedom of speech.

Critics argue that the intensified security measures around Kyagulanyi's residence represent a further erosion of democratic principles and human rights in Uganda.

As the security operation continues, many Ugandans, as well as international observers, are closely monitoring the situation, awaiting further developments and hoping for a peaceful resolution.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango justified the siege on Kyagulanyi's home, stating that security couldn't take the situation lightly as Uganda is currently hosting international events.

"We have delegates from various countries, and this action by these political actors would create chaos, causing confusion within the Kampala metropolitan area,"he said.

Onyango explained that the deployments and checkpoints were established as a precautionary measure to discourage any potential acts of violence that were planned.

"Our aim was to disrupt their intended violent acts and prevent any possible actions they had in mind. As you may have observed while moving through Kampala, our actions have successfully restored calm and normalcy to the city," he added.

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