Otafiire Extends Apology to Bobi Wine for Airport Confrontation

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Otafiire Extends Apology to Bobi Wine for Airport Confrontation
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Kampala – Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Internal Affairs, has issued an apology to National Unity Platform (NUP) President, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, regarding the recent incident at Entebbe International Airport on Thursday.

During this incident, Kyagulanyi was swiftly taken into custody by security personnel who were disguised as airport employees upon his arrival, with the intention of preventing his planned march from Entebbe with his supporters.

Minister Otafiire, however, maintains that the operation was carried out with careful consideration for Kyagulanyi’s human rights and was executed to ensure his safe delivery to his residence in Magere, Wakiso district, without causing harm to anyone.



In response to concerns raised by a journalist on a local radio station about the treatment of Kyagulanyi and the journalists covering his return, Otafiire expressed his regret and offered apologies to those who were affected by the operation. He defended the operation as a necessary measure to prevent potential violence, including stampedes and commotions, which could have resulted in casualties, especially among supporters.

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The Minister acknowledged that, although Kyagulanyi may be dissatisfied with the way the situation was handled, the operation ultimately prevented a more significant crisis.

Otafiire went on to commend the security operatives for their handling of the situation, pointing out that previous confrontations between Kyagulanyi and security forces had resulted in loss of life. He also noted that the operation protected the interests of ordinary citizens, whose businesses could have been disrupted by the planned march.

Earlier, the Police had issued warnings against large gatherings to welcome Kyagulanyi back to the country, resulting in the arrest of several leaders and supporters in connection with the matter.



Regarding the mistreatment of journalists during the incident, Otafiire refrained from condemning their treatment, but several human rights organizations have strongly criticized the actions of the security personnel. These organizations have called for an investigation into the conduct of the operatives involved in the mistreatment of journalists.

The Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda, in particular, condemned the continuous violation of journalists’ human rights and called for a thorough investigation into the actions of the security personnel.



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