In late August 2023, during Opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi’s countrywide tour in Mbarara District, a video captured an unidentified man openly displaying a pistol in the midst of a large crowd. Police are now actively searching for this individual.
Mr. Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, addressed the issue, stating that the authorities have obtained images of the man and are conducting an investigation to identify him and determine how he acquired the pistol. The investigation will also explore whether he has any affiliation with the National Unity Platform (NUP) party or if he is an outsider.
The incident has caused concern among the public regarding the safety and security of attendees at Bobi Wine’s rallies. Mr. Enanga emphasized the potential danger of having a pistol in such gatherings, emphasizing the importance of collaborating with the police to ensure everyone’s safety.
Additionally, Mr. Enanga cautioned opposition political parties about potential terror threats during their countrywide activities. He urged them to remain vigilant as they travel across the country, particularly during mobilization tours that involve convoys moving slowly and creating congestion. He highlighted the vulnerability of such events and the risk they pose to participants.
Mr. Enanga suggested that political parties conduct their meetings in town halls and enclosed settings with controlled access, as this would allow security agencies to better guarantee their safety.
This warning from the police comes shortly after the recovery of six unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Kampala suburbs, indicating the potential presence of security threats.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) party is currently on a nationwide tour to build grassroots support, part of the early program led by Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, who aims to challenge President Museveni in the 2026 general elections. Supporters of the party have faced clashes with security forces in the past.