By Charlotte Kagumaho and Ameria Nayebare,
The Uganda Police Force has urged Ugandans to avoid attending political mobilization campaigns organised by the National Unity Platform (NUP).
SCP Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson says they have first-hand information that Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine and his NUP party have conspiracy plans to cause nationwide violent protests named Go-Kunga on January 15, 2024.
“Although NUP has vowed to defiantly continue with its second phase of the mobilisation tour, they must be aware that under the Police Act, Sec 32(1) the police have a duty to police public,” said. Enanga
Enanga was addressing journalists at the joint security media briefing at police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala on Monday when he accused NUP of fueling demonstrations that have caused to loss of properties and lives.
“In the previous NUP demonstrations, several people lost their lives, and others were charged with various crimes ranging from arson, malicious damage, attempted murder, incitement of violence, damages to roads, assault and obstruction of officers on duty, and various traffic offences among others,” he added.
The warning comes merely six days when police suspended nationwide mobilization campaigns in which Bobi Wine was opening NUP regional offices as well as mobilizing support for the party.
The police argued that Bobi Wine was using the Campaigns to promote sectarianism, make statements that are prejudicial to the person of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni among other accusations.
In addition, the police mouthpiece said they have a multi-layered strategy including counter–response, reaction, and arrests to fight illegal assemblies in the country.
He threatened to arrest and produce to court anybody who plans to use violence, intimidation and lawlessness