The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, has said that Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a.k.a Bobi Wine, one of the Kyadondo East seat was arrested on June 28th , 2017, the last day of campaign because, “The Electoral Commission does not permit holding of campaign rallies on venues which are near public facilities.”
He said that Kasangati, the venue where Bobi Wine had stopped was near a health center and court building. This was neither a designated venue, nor one for a harmonized campaign programme,” Mugye4nyi added.
Kyagulanyi was barred by the Police officers at Kasangati where he had stopped to address a rally. And according to the campaign guidelines that were given to all candidates before commencement of the official campaigns, he was not supposed to hold any rally at that place, however he insisted to hold the rally there, which made the Police to arrest him.
In retaliation, Kyagulanyi’s supporters charged at the Police, causing them to whisk him away to Kasangati Police Station.
After his release, Bobi Wine insisted that his arrest had been a well-planned programme by the Police to disorganize his day. “I was arrested because President Museveni was to hold a rally to drum up support for the NRM candidate, Sitenda Sebalu, near Kasangati, where I was supposed to hold min. They said I was going to cause a presidential embarrassment. I told them arresting me was a presidential embarrassment, I’m a president” Kyagulanyi said while addressing his last rally in Bulamu parish.
Wakiso District Returning Officer, Francis Nkurunziza, refuted Kyagulanyi’s argument for his arrest. He upheld Mugyenyi’s explanation that the place was out of bounds for candidates. “A day after the nomination we invited all the candidates and their representative to come with their proposed programmes so that we can design proper programmess with intention that these people do not collide. We told them that whoever wanted the particular sites to put it in writing. Nobody was supposed to be at that place,” Nkurunziza added.