Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine's consultation meeting in Lira town in northern Uganda has been cancelled by security over alleged failure to meet guidelines on public meetings.
Bobi Wine who was cleared by the Electoral Commission to hold consultation meetings on his presidential bid in the 2021 general elections was expected to be in Lira tomorrow Wednesday.
But addressing the media today Tuesday, Lira resident district commissioner (RDC) Milton Odongo said that although police had initially granted permission to Bobi Wine's People Power to hold the meeting, now the meeting will not be allowed after the organisers failed to secure written consent from the proprietor of Pacific Grand hotel where the meeting was scheduled to take place.
"The proprietor of the hotel, Pacific hotel did not write a consent letter accepting to host Bobi Wine as stipulated in the IGP’s letter, Section F which says a clear programme and proof of consent for the use of the intended venue. The legal proprietor must be given three days before the intended consultative meeting. So that is the reason for calling off that meeting." said Odongo.
Earlier in the day, Odongo had promised to provide security to People Power as long as they follow the guidelines established by the police. Moses Okot aka Okot P’ Bitek, the People Power coordinator in Lango sub-region explained that they met all the requirements for the meeting to take place.
According to the initial guidelines and clearance issued by the police, the People Power team was expected to use Juba road straight to Uhuru bar roundabout via Uganda Technical College to the venue, Pacific Grand hotel.
They are also expected not to among other things hold any procession in town or conduct any political rally as well as distribute political materials. All participants in the meeting are expected to wear identification tags.
This is the third meeting to be cancelled this week following the one in Bobi Wine's constituency and another which was to be held in Gulu district at Da Covenant hotel grounds today. Concerned by the state's highhandedness, Bobi Wine cancelled today's meeting in Gulu.
Bobi Wine and several others were yesterday Monday arrested and detained till late in the evening over attempts to hold a consultative meeting in Gayaza.
They were released unconditionally, with police saying they had failed to meet the set guidelines including holding the consultations in an enclosed venue, securing sniffer dogs, ambulances, enough toilets among others. Police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse Bobi Wine's supporters who were protesting against his arrest.