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PoliceTight-Lipped About Bobi Wine 2021 Presidential Consultations

By Keefa Nuwahereza

The Uganda Police have remained tight-lipped about whether or not they will allow People Power pressure group leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, to resume presidential consultations ahead of the 2021 General Election.

This comes after the Electoral Commission (EC) early  this week cleared Bobi Wine, who is also the

Kyandondo East Member of Parliament (MP) to go ahead with his planned consultation meetings.

The EC informed the Uganda police about the new developments and noted that the Force is expected to give maximum security to all presidential candidates.

The revelation was made by the EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama on Tuesday, who revealed that several other presidential candidates had been okayed to conduct nationwide consultations.

Apart from Bobi Wine, the other Presidential contenders include; former presidential aspirant Elton Joseph Mbairizi, Apostle Ben Israel Sseninde, Timothy Mugerwa, Bob Paul Akileng, Steven Kaweesa and Ambrose Kyomukama.

Others are Joseph Mwambazi, John Herbert Nkangabwa, Fred Mwesigye, Tunawooza Makoma, Charles Mutaasa Kafeero, and Dr Moses Amin.

Justice Byabakama said that “Many people are still coming in, even right now some are waiting in my office to give us their documents so that they are cleared. So you see, that shows you that many are still joining the list.”

Bobi Wine early this month noted that he will resume his nation-wide consultation meetings following an agreement with the Police and EC after the police had blocked the first consultations meetings in Wakiso district and in northern Uganda.

“We know that the EC is the institution responsible for overseeing and organizing elections. We had planned to see them but they also invited us to have a conversation. We decided that we are going to reschedule the program for our consultations,” Bobi Wine said.

He added that “We shall write to the Electoral Commission and also write to the police.”

Meanwhile, the EC has also commenced the display of voters’ registers. Byabakama revealed that the EC appointed 19th February – 10th March 2020 as the period for the Display of the National Voters’ Register.”

“The display of the Voters’ Register shall begin at 8:00 am and end at 6:00 pm on each of the appointed dates including weekends, at all polling stations throughout Uganda. The Commission has further appointed 19th – 28th February 2020 as the period for display of the Voters’ Registers for the following Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at the village level: the Youths, Persons with Disability (PWD) and Older Persons,” he noted.

However, the police have not yet publicly revealed or written to Bobi Wine indicating that he has been cleared to resume his consultation meetings.

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