The police have issued a warning to Bobi Wine and the other leaders of the National Unity Platform (NUP) regarding their ongoing mobilization tours and rallies. They have expressed concerns that the way these events are organized could make them attractive targets for terrorists.
Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, addressed journalists on Monday and emphasized that while they do not intend to halt these activities, the nature of these mobilization rallies, especially for NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), poses a vulnerability to potential terrorist threats. He cited factors such as slow-moving convoys, congestion, and heavy traffic as contributing to this vulnerability.
Enanga also mentioned that the rallies taking place in open spaces are challenging to manage from a security standpoint. He expressed concerns about the security provided by poorly trained personnel acting as guards, which could endanger the lives of supporters and well-wishers.
Some NUP leaders were observed standing on top of vehicles with large crowds gathering around them during these rallies, making them potential soft targets for terrorists.
The police urged NUP leadership to consider conducting their mobilization tours in safer and more secure locations, such as town halls and closed venues with restricted attendance and thorough security checks.
This warning comes after the recent discovery of six Improvised Explosive Devices in various parts of the city by security forces. However, accusations have arisen that the police’s warning is an attempt to hinder Kyagulanyi’s mobilization tours, which have drawn large crowds.
In response to these allegations, the police spokesperson dismissed claims of trying to halt NUP’s activities, emphasizing that their intention is to ensure the safety and security of NUP leadership during their mobilization tours. Kyagulanyi had previously suspended his tour in Western Uganda due to concerns for his safety but later resumed the rallies, which are now in their third week.
The decision on whether Kyagulanyi and his team will heed the police’s advice remains to be seen.