Uganda: Army, police raid Spice FM in Hoima to drag out Bobi Wine

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Spice FM studios A joint team of security operatives from the army and the Anti-riot police raided Spice FM, a local radio station based in Hoima city to forcefully drag out of the studios, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate.

The talk show that started at 9:15 am lasted only 5 minutes after army and police commanded by Deo Obura, the Albertine region police commander (RPC) raided the station and whisked away Kyagulanyi and other NUP party officials from the studios. 

The team was being hosted by Fredrick Byenkya, the station’s programs director. Thereafter, police fired teargas to disperse rowdy supporters who also flocked the station premises after learning that Kyagulanyi was being hosted there.

Kyagulanyi was later escorted by security up to Dwoli trading centre along the Hoima-Butiaba-Buliisa-Wanseko road and directed him to go to Buliisa where he was scheduled to have his campaign rally. 

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says security raided the station for allegedly hosting Kyagulanyi, who he says according to the Electoral Commission Campaign road map was not supposed to be in Hoima today, and therefore it was inappropriate for the station to host him.

Yesterday Wednesday Anti-riot police in Hoima fired live bullets and teargas to disperse NUP supporters after Kyagulanyi was blocked from holding a rally at Kyentale primary school in Hoima East division where he was scheduled to hold a rally.   

Police commanded by Micheal Ongica, the Hoima district police commander blocked and directed Kyagulanyi who arrived in Hoima town from Kibaale at around 6:20 pm to stop leading his procession with hundreds of his supporters to the campaign venue since campaigning time had ended. 

This did not go down well with hundreds of his supporters who started charging at the security personnel prompting them to fire live bullets and teargas to disperse the restless supporters.    

Source The Observer.

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