Police Shoot Driver, Arrest Politician In Uganda

Musician turned politician, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi commonly known as “Bobi wine” (C) waves to his supporters in a suburb of Kampala on June 29, 2017. STRINGER / AFP


Ugandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead, a police spokesman said.

“We arrested Bobi Wine and others this morning and he is in our custody,” said Emilian Kayima, Uganda’s police spokesman.

Kyagulanyi was arrested in the northwestern town of Arua where he was campaigning for an opposition candidate in a hard-fought by-election that also drew President Yoweri Museveni in support of the ruling party candidate.

Following parallel rallies on Monday, Kayima said Kyagulanyi was arrested for obstructing the presidential motorcade, during which one of Museveni’s official vehicles had a windscreen damaged.

In the ensuing chaos, police fired live rounds to disperse the crowd, killing Kyagulanyi’s driver.

On Twitter, before his arrest, Kyagulanyi alleged the killing was a case of mistaken identity.

“Police has shot my driver dead thinking they’ve shot at me,” he said, posting a photograph of a blood-drenched man slumped at the wheel of a car.

Opposition candidate Kassiano Wadri was also arrested.

The by-election, due to be held on Wednesday, was triggered by the unsolved June assassination of Ibrahim Abiriga, the late ruling party MP.


Election Violence: Ogun Police Command Reads Riot Act To Politicians

PoliceAs political activities gather momentum,the Ogun State Police command  has read the riot act to politicians against violence during their campaigns, saying the command would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any politician and  political party found culpable.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ogun state police command, Mr Sina Olukolu, who represented the commissioner of police gave the warning during a sensitisation meeting with members of political parties held at the police officers mess in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The command also  warned against religious, ethnic sentiments and use of inciting statements during campaigns.

Although, some members of the political parties were not present at the sensitisation meeting, this did not stop the meeting from holding.

Members of the Social Democratic Party, Labour Party, Alliance For Democracy, All Progressives Grand Alliance were at hand to listen to what the command had to say.

Inciting statements, unlawful gatherings, religious and ethnic sentiments are now prohibited by the command, the police  said, noting that they were working towards recording peace before, during and after the elections in the state.

Some of members of political parties who attended the meeting  commended the command, expressing their commitment to abide by all laid down guidelines.

Beyond these pledges and promises, parties in the state  must be seen  to be doing those things that would encourage discipline among members while security operative discharge their duties without fear of favour.

Amosun Lauds Bamidele Aturu’s Commitment To Democratic Principles

ibikunle amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed deep shock at the news of the passing of a foremost politician and Human Rights activist, Mr Bamidele Aturu.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, on July 10, Amosun said that he was greatly saddened by the news of the sudden death of the prominent lawyer, coming at a time when his wealth of experience was mostly needed in reshaping the destiny of the nation.

Mr Amosu hailed the strong commitment of the politician to the enthronement of democratic principles in the country.

“This is so sad; the law profession has lost another bright star. Bamidele Aturu was passionately committed to the enthronement of democratic principles and the emancipation of the marginalized and oppressed. He has done his bit and certainly left his footprints on the sands of time”, the Governor said.

Mr Amosun commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Nigerian legal profession, the Human Rights community as well as his friends and political associates.

He prayed to the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

NHRC Tasks Politicians, Electoral Commission On Accountability

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),National-Human-Right-Commission-NHRC-logos Professor Chidi Odinkalu, has warned politicians and the electoral commission to desist from fraud and malpractices across Nigeria.

He also urged politicians to pursue accountability or risk public disgrace and full weight of the law, stressing that “the problem of election rigging cannot be solved without exposing and holding every culprit accountable”.

Professor Odinkalu was addressing a meeting between political parties and the rights commission held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday.

At least 14 representatives out of the 26 political parties in Nigeria were in attendance.

Some of the Political Parties representatives are set to join the fight for accountability but with the Human Rights Commission set to unearth past electoral fraud, it remains to be seen if these parties and other stakeholders will support this campaign that will guarantee good governance in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Commission said it was time for political office holders to be truly accountable to the people, a mission which the Commission is set to accomplish.

The Human Rights Commission put together a report reviewing Court decisions and election Tribunals from 2007 to 2011 which established violations of Electoral laws perpetrated by Electoral Officials, Security Personnel, Politicians and their Supporters.

There Is No Party, Registered Or Not That Is A Threat to PDP– Isuwa

A political scientist, Isuwa Dogo has assured that the PDP is not threatened at all by any party either registered or yet to be registered by the INEC as ‘the PDP is a well-organised, focused, balanced, articulate and conscientious party in every aspect and every department of it’ hence, the non-response to some issues raised by oppositions.

A member of the ruling party PDP who was a guest on Sunrise Daily while discussing political issues surrounding the 2015 elections,Mr Isuwa boastfully refuted claims, that the ruling party is worried about being castigated for not being responsive to issues around the country, saying that the Peoples’ Democratic Party has always been very focused on developments, as it is part of the party’s major concerns and it is also reflecting on every sector of the economy except in non-PDP states.

“The PDP has never lost focus on in its concerns for developments; the newspapers are filled with decisions taken on daily on several aspects of the economy, power sector, roads, education sector

“For the fact that people have already given in to the aspect, that every single thing that has been done by a ruling party has to be criticised justly or unjustly, is not something the PDP is worried about”

The politician took a swipe at the APC-led states in terms of actualising the agendas stated in their manifestos before mounting seats of power in the states, in a case of the ‘kettle calling pot black’, where he analysed that the PDP states do better than the APC –led states, but the opposition still get to condemn the ruling party for non-development and developmental strategies in their respective states and the central government.

“The Nigerian people know that a lot of the things they are saying (APC), they don’t even believe in them, they can’t even do them, they don’t even know them, they don’t even have the slightest idea on how  to get along to do them

“And we can see that in the states that control (APC), there is nothing to demonstrate what they accused the PDP of doing or not doing, that they have perfected it”.

He further compared PDP and APC states in terms of infrastructure development, where in his argument the PDP toppled the APC, while backing less-performing PDP states when taken up on the PDP states not performing.

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