In a widely shared social media post yesterday, exiled novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija predicated that National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu lands at Entebbe International Airport, he would be arrested.
Indeed, when Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine landed at the airport security officers grabbed him, forced him into a waiting vehicle and, as police later revealed, was driven to his home in Magere, Wakiso district.
“We wish to inform the public that the NUP President, Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert was successfully escorted by our security team from Entebbe to his home in Magere. He reached his home around 11.20 am, and is with his family and friends,” Police said, a few hours after Bobi Wine’s abduction at Entebbe.
Our home is still surrounded by the police and military. They have blocked most of our people from entering to greet us. Earlier, they were firing teargas and live bullets to disperse them. I am effectively under house arrest. A criminal regime in panic. pic.twitter.com/e0Q9eZ3kLQ
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) October 5, 2023
“Disregard rumours of his arrest by propagandists. Meanwhile, business activities and movements along Entebbe road, within Kampala and Gayaza, are flowing smoothly,” Police added. Police a day before had warned NUP members who were organizing to welcome Bobi Wine to halt their preparation because their activities would disrupt people’s businesses and traffic.
What Kakwenza said in his social media post was not a rare case of foretelling. People who have been around long know how the government have been dealing with opposition, especially Dr Kizza Besigye, the former President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
With Besigye’s political influence waning, the rise of Bobi Wine, who prefers to use Besigye’s civic approach to contest against President Yoweri Museveni, the government hasn’t hesitated to deploy the same tactics that it deployed when dealing with the FDC strongman.
A case of same script, different cast.