Ugandan Police Say Bobi Wine Plans To Kidnap Himself After Voting

KEY POINTS

  • Ugandan police officers on Tuesday alleged that they have crucial information that the Ugandan Presidential candidate Bobi Wine is planning to stage manage his kidnap after he casts his vote in the Thursday's general election.
  • According to the police, the intention of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi is to incite the public in a bid to cause violence.
  • However, Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesman rubbished the sentiments, terming them as a joke.

Ugandan police officers on Tuesday alleged that they have crucial information that the Ugandan Presidential candidate Bobi Wine is planning to stage manage his kidnap after he casts his vote in the Thursday’s general election.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesman while speaking at the headquarters in Naguru stated that Bobi Wine may probably hide at one of the embassies-which he did not disclose once he cast his ballot.

“He will thereafter allege, through his NUP networks and bloggers, that he has been kidnapped by state operatives,” Mr Enanga said.

According to the police, the intention of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi is to incite the public in a bid to cause violence.

He cited the recently witnessed riots in Uganda’s capital Kampala following Wine’s arrest in November last year that led to the deaths of more than 30 people, arguing that the presidential candidate intents to incite another protest.

“We want to inform the public that this is a tactic that we strongly condemn and issue a strong warning to the perpetrators,” Enanga said.

Mr. Enanga was talking while briefing the public on what the security apparatus expect from the people on the voting day, amongst them the ban on putting on political attires at the polling stations which has been declared illegal. As a result, those wearing political attires will not be allowed to access the polling stations.

However, Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesman rubbished the sentiments, terming them as a joke.

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“On that (planned kidnap), what I would say is that Ugandans should stop laughing at Enanga when he makes such comments. That man needs help and he should be taken to hospital and checked whether his head is right.  Honestly, he needs immediate attention,” Said Mr Ssenyonyi.

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