Tension in Kampala as Bobi Wine walks to Police
Opposition MPs on Wednesday joined their Kyadondo East counterpart Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to walk to the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala in response to police summons.
The singer turned politician was summoned by the police following a protest he led last week against the recently introduced tax on social media and mobile money.
Summoning him through the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga was the police’s last resort after he slipped through their hands on July 11 when they attempted to arrest him.
Bobi Wine first attended a press conference at Parliament which was called by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza before the entire group walked from Parliament to CPS.
“He demonstrated peacefully and therefore owes no one an explanation,” Kiiza told journalists.
Several activists and boda boda cyclists joined the MPs as they walked out of Parliament’s gate onto Parliamentary Avenue to join Jinja Road down.
By the time they connected to Kampala Road, the crowd had grown bigger causing traffic delays and diversions.
Police tried to break up the procession but were restrained by Kiiza’s security detail.
Outside the CPS, police personnel took positions, threatening to use force to break up the procession.
The MPs were unfazed, they marched on, but were still blocked at the quarter guard resulting into a mini scuffle between the police and the MPs.
The police had wanted to lock out the rest of the MPs but the lawmakers insisted on going in with their colleague.
As the MPs walked in, the police turned to journalists roughing up a few as they forced their way into the police station.
Police meanwhile descended on the onlookers camped outside CPS and arrested at least five motorcyclists over traffic related offenses.
Some of the arrested cyclists were part of the crowd that came following the MPs while others were ordinary road users.