Kabale, Uganda – Kabale, Uganda – Security forces in Kabale District blocked the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) President, Robert Kyagulanyi, from entering Kabale Town with his convoy on Thursday, August 31, 2023.
Kyagulanyi, who arrived in Kabale Municipality at around 11:30am, was intercepted and blocked by security at the NSSF offices in Kigongi Central Division. The security forces, led by the Kigezi Region Police SSP Hajj Saiga Ibrahim and the Kigezi sub-region Field Force Unit Commander Hennery Kisembo, directed the convoy to use the Makanga route, but this did not go well with the supporters who had wanted their president to pass through the town.
After a standoff of over 30 minutes, Kyagulanyi left his car and the convoy and walked to the Skyline Hotel, where his cars had passed via Makanga Hill. He then proceeded to Eso Park in Central Division, where he had a radio talk show on 103.7 FM.
Kyagulanyi was also scheduled to address the public at Kabale Primary School playground, but sources said that security had earlier disrupted the preparations at the venue.
The police have not yet given a reason for blocking Kyagulanyi’s convoy. However, the move was seen as a way to prevent him from interacting with his supporters in Kabale.
Kyagulanyi is a vocal critic of the government and has been arrested several times on charges of treason and inciting violence. He is currently facing trial in a military court on charges of illegal possession of firearms.