Negotiations, un­der­cover op­er­a­tion marked Bobi Wine’s ‘peace­ful re­turn’

Po­lice picked up the politi­cian at En­tebbe air­port and dropped him at his home

The East African - - NEWS -

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

Pic­ture: File

Bobi Wine addresses sup­port­ers out­side his home in Kampala af­ter re­turn­ing from the US.

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