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Bobi Wine now free to leave his home, Uganda police say

Friday April 26 2019

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, addresses mourners at the burial of former Bugiri District chairperson, Hajj Siraji Lavala, on April 26, 2019. PHOTO | DAILY MONITOR

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, addresses mourners at the burial of former Bugiri District chairperson, Hajj Siraji Lavala, on April 26, 2019. PHOTO | DAILY MONITOR 

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Police yesterday said they called off the siege on the home of Kyadondo East MP, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, and said he was free to move and go about his normal work.

On Tuesday morning, police blocked Bobi Wine from delivering his letter to police headquarters about the notice of his plan to lead countrywide public demonstrations against police brutality.

They laid siege on his home in Magere, Kasangati in Wakiso District and said they would not leave until they were convinced he would not hold a public assembly.

“It was just a preventive measure of seeing that he does not jeopardise national security. He is free and we have also withdrawn from his home,” Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, told Daily Monitor by telephone on Friday.

Mr Enanga said police withdrew from Bobi Wine's home at 7am because they felt he would not cause any mayhem in public.

“We said we would let him free when we see that he was not a threat, have you seen any threat? If we wanted him, by the time we realised he was out, we would have pursued him. We are, however, working on summons to have him record a statement at CID. We shall go through Parliament since he is an honourable,” Mr Enanga said.

Sources had told Daily Monitor that Bobi Wine had escaped the police siege at his home at about 4am and used a covert car, which was waiting for him some distance away. He then drove to Bugiri, eastern Uganda, for the burial of the district’s former LC 5 chairperson Siraji Lyavala.

Lyavala succumbed to kidney cancer on April 24 at Norvik Hospital in Kampala where he had been admitted for about a month.

It is not yet clear how Bobi Wine eluded the security surveillance.

On Friday afternoon, he posted on social media that he was in Bugiri.

“I had to find a way of attending the burial of our patriotic elder Haji Siraji Samanya Lyavala in Bugiri. No matter how much the regime tries to keep us apart, we shall always find a way of coming together,” Bobi Wine posted on Facebook.

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