Bobi Wine meets EC, Police over foiled Consultations

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Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi and officials of Electoral Commission in a meeting today; File

Officials of the Electoral Commission and Uganda Police Force today met presidential aspirant Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine in a bid to reach a compromise on their consultation programs.

The development comes after Kyagulanyi, campaigning under the People Power opposition pressure group failed to hold three of his scheduled consultation meetings in different parts of the country in his bid to challenge President Museveni in the forthcoming 2021 elections.

EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa yesterday said that the commission had observed a need to meet the aspirant to try and reach a compromise between him and the police. Details of the closed-door meeting are yet to be known.

Consultative meetings earlier planned to take place in Gayaza, Gulu, and Lira were all dispersed by Police citing failure by Kyagulanyi to adhere to guidelines set out in the Public Order Management Act.

Bobi Wine wondered why the police were stopping him from holding consultations yet he had received a green light from the Electoral Commission.

According to People Power Spokesperson Joel Senyonyi, they had initially planned to sue the Electoral Commission over the actions of police yet the process was endorsed by the Commission, but later agreed to meet the officials.

Details of the meeting will follow.

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