Power pressure group is considering new tactics to
ensure that their planned consultative meetings effectively take place.
Ssenyonyi, the People Power spokesperson notes that police is
determined to frustrate their consultative meetings even after getting
clearance from the Electoral Commission. His remarks come hours after police
thwarted their planned consultative meeting at Pope Paul Hotel in Ndeeba.
According to Ssenyonyi, what transpired at Ndeeba is a clear
indication that whatever they do will be rejected by the police.
He says they have been left with no option but
find other measures that can be backed by the law to continue with their
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Last year, the People Power leader, Robert
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine declared his 2021 presidential bid and
announced plans to conduct countrywide consultative meetings.
He wrote to the Electoral
Commission seeking permission to go around the country to consult citizens
about his presidential ambitions. Subsequently,
EC allowed him to hold consultative meetings.
However, police frustrated his
first attempts to hold consultative meetings citing failure by the musician
turned politician to conform to a number of requirements as per the Public
Order Management Act.
On January 9, 2020, Kyagulanyi met with security
agencies and Electoral Commission where they appeared to have agreed on how the
consultative meetings should be conducted.
The Deputy Police Spokesperson,
Polly Namaye, said after the meeting, Bobi Wine had to submit to police a
ten-point strategy to be followed to ensure violent free meetings, which he didn’t
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Namaye stresses that unless the said strategies
are presented to police and discussed as agreed upon, police will not allow the
consultative meetings to go on.
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Ssenyonyi insists that police are just tossing
them around given the fact that the People power leadership wrote to the Police
management informing them about their meeting as required by law.