Bobi Wine: Here are possible preemptive security measures to expect
Heavy security deployment in and around Entebbe airport with all access roads under thick checkpoints
ENTEBBE | The State is not leaving anything to chance when it comes to possible political engagements with Opposition supporters. MP Robert Kyagulanyi is likely to be picked up right at the runway and bundled into a waiting security van to unknown destination.
In May 2011, President Museveni was flushed at his own swearing-in ceremony at Kololo when Dr Kizza Besigye chose to return at the same time via Entebbe International Airport.
At 12:45pm today, a KQ412 flight that departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is expected to touch down at Entebbe airport at 11:30am.
Museveni won’t be addressing any gathering when Bobi Wine arrives but doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be embarrassment. That is why security has planned several preemptive measures that will be used to swat the thousands of Bobi Wine’s supporters today.
Some of the measures were set rolling as soon as Bobi Wine’s return schedule was confirmed, with Police declaring there will be no procession, no supporters to receive him and no nothing. Police said only close family members will be allowed.
By 10am, security had made it known to journalists that their presence around Entebbe airport would be unwelcome. Several journalists have been blocked from accessing the facility.
With journalists blocked — this website understands several journalists have been arrested and detained at Kisubi Police Station along Kampala Entebbe Road — and the public kept at arm’s length, security is likely to engage their second gear by picking Bobi Wine up from the runway and delivering him home later tonight.
There has been a precedent before: Dr Besigye was kidnapped from a plane at the airport by security personnel who disguised themselves themselves by wearing CAA uniform.
During the August 2016 incident, the Opposition leader was driven around Busiro South for much of the day and later dropped home. His luggage was driven home later at 5pm.
Besigye’s aide Ronald Muhinda warned that it would only be wise for Bobi Wine to counter the preemptive measures by delaying his flight and arriving unannounced if possible.
“If he lands at Entebbe Airport, he will face the same treatment. He will be kidnapped from the plane, taken to the military base and kept there until 10pm and then driven home or dropped somewhere,” Muhinda said on Facebook.
There has been a precedent before: President Kizza Besigye was kidnapped from a plane at the Airport by SFC wearing CAA uniform in Aug 2016. He was driven around Busiro South for much of the day and later dropped home. His luggage was driven home later at 5pm.
I hope Bobi Wine remembered that and missed his plane. If he lands at Entebbe Airport, he will face the same treatment. He will be kidnapped from the plane, taken to the military base and kept there until 10pm and then driven home or dropped somewhere.
“If they are nice to him, they will keep him in office. But they want to punish him, they will keep him in a locked vehicle without AC. If you have never been arrested for opposing Museveni, you need to sit down,” he added.
Eddie Yawe briefly detained
Meanwhile, the day started with a flurry of activity on Entebbe Road with Bobi Wine’s brother Eddie Yawe reportedly picked on his way to the airport. He was briefly detained at Entebbe Police Station before being released moments later.
Security personnel from both Police and UPDF have put up heavy deployment along Entebbe Road and are manning rigorous checks of every single vehicle.
It is not yet clear what they are checking for but most likely they are looking for persons who might be headed to receive Bobi Wine such as those wearing red attire or clothes bearing political message in his favour.
Checkpoints have been erected at intersection of Kajjansi roundabout and expressway flyover. Access to expressway is forbidden. Another checkpoint at St. Mary’s College, Kisubi and a third one at Abayita Ababiri.
A military helicopter has been hovering over the Entebbe skies holding patrol.
Meanwhile, the MP’s lawyers Nicholas Opiyo, Asuman Basalirwa and Andrew Karamagi, at a separate news conferences, announced that they would instead be at the airport in person to receive him because he is still a suspect.
Under Bobi Wine’s original plan, the legislator would upon arrival, travel to Najjanankumbi, along Entebbe road to check on his sick grandmother before heading to Kamokya for prayers and blessings before deciding whether to report to Parliament or head home.