Military has Imposed Day Time Curfew in Luweero
By: Denis Kayongo. Military impose day time curfew in greater Luweero ahead of Bobi Wine rallies
There is heavy deployment of security personnel in Greater Lueeer and its surroundings ahead of a planned visit by National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine.
The opposition figure is expected to campaign in the area according to the Electoral Commission roadmap.
His advance team reportedly arrived in the towns last evening, prompting the deployment of Police and Uganda People’s Defence Forces personnel in the area.
A day time curfew has since been imposed on the people of Luwero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke today ahead of Bobi Wine campaign.
The military is beating people forcing them to close their shops and houses and ordering them to remain indoors, sources say.
Tension is mounting in the town councils and several business owners say they have been told asked by the military to remain at home while those who insist are reportedly beaten up.
Security has arrested and blocked NUP supporters from holding drives calling people to attend the rally today.
Ivan Kyeyune, the NUP candidate for Nakasongola county says that Kyagulanyi has also been blocked from addressing people at Nakasongola RC Primary school in the town council and shifted to grounds which act as a cattle market located at Lwamutoogo village in Wabinyonyi sub county, a sparsely populated area.
He added that several residents have been intimidated not to attend the rally, noting that the move is intended to ensure that Kyagulanyi doesn’t make inroads in what is considered as NRM strongholds.
Another planned rally in Migyera town was called off after Police advised organisers to hold in Lwabyata sub county which is sparsely populated.
In Nakaseke ,Kyagulanyi directed to campaign at Kamuli playground rather than in Kiwoko town council . Other expected rallies in Semuto and Kapeeka towns also blocked.
Kyagulanyi is expected to campaign for only three hours in each district and directed to stick to only the listed venues.
Procession through villages also blocked. There already indication that roads heading to venues will be restricted to stop of influx of supporters there.
Brenda Nabukenya, the NUP Coordinator for Luweero district told URN that they had planned to organize rallies within playgrounds located in major towns but Police has since frustrated the development.