Bobi Wine’s party, the National Unity Platform (NUP), has organized a procession dubbed the ‘One Million March‘ to welcome him back. However, Ugandan authorities, particularly the police, have vowed to stop the assembly, citing its illegality and the potential for disruptions.
Bobi Wine’s Return and ‘One Million March
Bobi Wine is expected to arrive at Entebbe International Airport at 10 a.m. and then proceed with a procession, known as the ‘One Million March,’ from Entebbe to Kampala City.
The march is planned as a welcome for Bobi Wine following his international tour.
Police Warn Against the Procession
Ugandan security agencies, notably the police, have declared the planned procession illegal.
They express concerns that such an assembly would disrupt traffic and could lead to criminal activities.
The police have warned the organizers and participants to refrain from engaging in the event, and anyone found doing so will face legal action.
A History of Chaotic Political Returns
The return of politicians in Uganda, particularly at Entebbe International Airport, has historically been accompanied by chaos.
Previous incidents, such as the 2011 swearing-in of President Museveni and the arrival of opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye, led to clashes and disruptions on Entebbe Road.
NUP’s Perspective: Legal Right to Welcome Their Leader
Despite the police’s warnings, NUP leaders argue that the welcome procession is legal and that people have a right to welcome and escort their leaders from the airport to their chosen destination.
The NUP deputy spokesperson emphasized their commitment to the arrangements and called on their supporters to turn up in large numbers.
Last month, the police halted all NUP mobilization activities across Uganda, citing the party’s alleged illegal intentions to remove the National Resistance Movement from power.
Bobi Wine remained determined to continue his tours upon his return to Uganda. The current situation highlights the ongoing political tensions in the country.