Military boss on the spot over Bobi Wine travel blockage

Friday August 31 2018

Bobi Wine

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, when he appeared at the general court martial in Gulu, northern Uganda, on August 23, 2018. PHOTO | STRINGER | AFP  

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Protesters surrounded Ugandan Brigadier Abel Kandiho at Kisekka Market on Friday and demanded that MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, be allowed to fly out for medical attention.

The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) commander was confronted after arriving at the market at around noon.


Brig. Kandiho was surrounded by youths who asked him to explain why police and the army had blocked Mr Kyagulanyi, the Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East.

Mr Kyagulanyi and MP Francis Zaake were blocked at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday, when they were to fly to the US and India respectively for the treatment of injuries sustained during the Arua Municipality by-election fracas.

The one-star general attempted to get a briefing on the chaos from security operatives but the crowd did not let him address them.

“Why are these shops closed?” Brig. Kandiho asked soldiers and policemen manning the entrances to buildings on Kisekka Market lane.

Before the officers could answer, a demonstrator shouted: “Those police officers are the ones disturbing us. They have made our work difficult. They have even closed our shops. Chase them away because we want to work.”

The commander was forced to board his Land Cruiser and move to the extreme end of the market.