Negotiations, undercover operation marked Bobi Wine’s ‘peaceful return’
Police picked up the politician at Entebbe airport and dropped him at his home
By CHARLES M. MPAGI
Details emerged of the security operation and negotiations that helped police outwit supporters of Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, Kyadondo East Member of Parliament when he returned from the US on Thursday.
The tough talking police and supporters of Mr Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine did not clash as the MP was picked up from the airport by police and dropped at his home in Kampala without much fuss.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima insists no deal was cut with the musician turned politician telling “We escorted him home and that was it.”
But has established that the security agencies had their way all through, with handful of actors involved in the execution of the operation right from Washington DC and New York to Kampala.
A female opposition MP from eastern Uganda, a confidant of President YOWERI Museveni also helped deal with the local planning to execute a flawless mission in Kampala. In the US, sources told
a Ugandan diplomat based in New York reached out to Bobi Wine and his lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, to ask the MP to agree to a quiet return to Kampala. What is not clear though is how the MP responded to the request as his social media updates remained defiant.
Meanwhile, police in Kampala banned processions and rallies on Bobi Wine’s return. The Uganda Communications Commission also banned live coverage of the return.
From Wednesday evening, police and the military deployed heavily along Entebbe Road, Gayaza Road, Kamwokya and the Central Business District in Kampala. Police and military vehicles and a helicopter were deployed in these areas to prevent the possibility of demonstrations and riots.
In Kampala, Director of Criminal Investigations at the last minute to negotiate with Bobi Wine’s Uganda lawyer, Nicholas
Bobi Wine addresses supporters outside his home in Kampala after returning from the US.