Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has said that the newly formed headquarters of his political outfit, National Unity Platform (NUP) was raided by Uganda Police in Kamwokya, a suburb of Kampala
On Twitter, Bobi Wine wrote: “The military and police just raided our head office in Kamwokya. They have broken into offices and taken away valuable documents and other items. Some comrades have been injured. The partisanship of security agencies ahead of the election is stinking.”
A few hours later, Bobi Wine also alleged that Ugandan Police seized cash. “ Our team has just finished assessing what has been stolen in broad daylight. Been informed that most of our forms with signatures for nominations have been taken away! They have also taken 23M ugx part of which was meant to facilitate our MP candidates with nomination fees,”, he wrote on Twitter.
Fred Enanga, Uganda’s police spokesperson, said the operation at Wine’s offices was aimed at seizing red berets.
A law was introduced last year to ban wearing or possession of any clothing which resembles the army uniform, with a potential penalty of imprisonment for life.
“We are targeting all locations illegally manufacturing, supplying, distributing, selling and using uniforms and accoutrements whose ownership and patented designs was gazetted and an exclusive preserve of the armed forces,” Enanga said.
Uganda’s military spokeswoman, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, said the “joint operation” was aimed at stopping the “illegal use of military and police stores and other military/police patented designs”.