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NUP mobilization tour: Bobi Wine heads to Pallisa amid protests

The National Unity Platform (NUP) on Wednesday began the second phase of its nationwide mobilization tours in preparation for the 2026 general elections, in which NUP party president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine will contest as a candidate presidential in a second attempt to overthrow. President Museveni.

The first day of the tour faced disruptions from Ugandan police and was marred by tear gas and live bullets as police dispersed Wine’s supporters.

According to the police, the NUP’s mobilization campaign in Kamuli district on Wednesday was blocked because the party did not comply with set police guidelines.

NUP General Secretary David Lewis Rubongoya has written to the Inspector General of Police protesting the “disruption” of his mobilization tours.

“This is to strongly protest against these violent and illegal actions by the police and military against peaceful citizens who were trying to exercise their freedom of assembly guaranteed by Article 29 of the Constitution,” the protest letter reads in part.

Rubongoya says that although they notified the police about their mobilization tours, the police have not raised any issues about their tours.

“While we have written to you about our planned activities, we have not received any formal response regarding any problems with our meetings. However, we have heard media reports where Mr Fred Enanga claimed that we had not notified him about our activities,” he said.

He says it would be “illegal and partisan” for the police to issue a “blanket ban” on their activities while other political actors, especially those aligned with the ruling NRM party, continue their mobilization activities.

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NUP will resume its mobilization tours on Friday, May 24, 2024, with a trip to Pallisa.

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