In Summary
  • On Tuesday, police announced they had cancelled Bobi Wine’s concert for security reasons.
  • By dawn, police had laid siege at his home in Magere, on the outskirts of the city, ostensibly to stop him from holding a music concert at his beach in Busabala on the shores of Lake Victoria.
  • He disappeared again and security personnel combed shops for almost two hours, but they did not find him.

KAMPALA,

As Ugandans celebrated 57 years of independence on Wednesday, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, engaged police in a cat and mouse race in Kampala and its suburbs.

By dawn, police had laid siege at his home in Magere, on the outskirts of the city, ostensibly to stop him from holding a music concert at his beach in Busabala on the shores of Lake Victoria.

On Tuesday, police announced they had cancelled Bobi Wine’s concert for security reasons.

“Mr Kyagulanyi insisted that he would go ahead with the concert and that is why we deployed at his home,” Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said Wednesday.

However, Bobi Wine suddenly appeared in town at around 12pm on a boda boda with a monstrous crowd following him, sparking spontaneous excitement.

POLICE CHASE

Asked how the artiste-turned politician had left his home and appeared in town despite police siege, Mr Onyango said: “Who said he slept at his home? At least the information we have is that he did not sleep at home.”

Clad in a white T-shirt, faded blue jeans and white sneakers with a red beret on his head and riding towards the city centre, Bobi Wine prompted police to a chase.

He waved to chanting supporters lining up either side of the road in awe. Police tried to grab him from the motorcycle but their efforts did not bear fruit.

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