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Bobi Wine's supporters warned against planned processions

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 1st May 2019 08:26 PM

The Kyadondo East MP is expected in court today on Thursday where he expects to get bail

Bobi Wine's supporters warned against planned processions

MP Robert Kyagulanyi is currently on remand. File Photo

The Kyadondo East MP is expected in court today on Thursday where he expects to get bail

Police has cautioned the public against joining any procession to the Buganda Road Court where the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi is expected to appear.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said the Police was not notified about planned processions.

"We are not going to allow any procession all any kind of gathering because it was not cleared by police. As far as we know; those planned processions are illegal," he said in an interview.

The opposition members subscribing to the Democratic Party (DP) bloc also claiming to be part of the People Power political pressure group, have vowed to hold a procession to court.

Addressing journalists during DP's weekly press briefing, the Social Democratic Party's (SDP) Mike Mabikke said they have organised a procession to court, saying it is their right and they do not need any permission from the Police.

Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is expected in court today on Thursday where he expects to get bail. 

On Monday, Kyagulanyi was charged with disobedience of statutory duty relating to his 2018 social media tax demonstration in the city.

Onyango said the plan to escort a suspect to court is managed by the trained personnel but not civilians.

"Those who want to attend court should go individually but not in a procession because we shall not allow it. They should leave the Police to do its work and they should also respect the law," he said. 

Addressing journalists at the Police's weekly press briefing at Central Police Station in Kampala, the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said they will not tolerate any political group who organise unlawful assemblies and processions.

He noted that although the constitution guarantees the freedom of assembly, association and expression the Public Order Management Act requires that the Police must be notified.

Enanga said some political forces like the Forum for Democratic Change and People Power continue to defy the procedures which will not be tolerated.

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