Bobi Wine boom: Lira DPC stops youth streets’ procession

Red attire in particular has been taken as 'a deadly or provocative wear' in Uganda. Courtesy photo.

The Bobi Wine’s rising anguish and somewhat tense political environment in Uganda is causing strict response from authorities to counter any probable protest countrywide.

And while other demos are for good cause, people in charge don’t want to risk – not at all.

Our news reporter, Jaspher Ouni reports that youth procession along Lira town’s major streets on Friday morning was stopped by top police boss.

He says it was done to avoid widespread protests all-over the town by some wrong elements that are in anguish following the ongoing political protests in the country.

“Today, over 100 youth from Lira Municipality had planned to have procession through major streets before receding to Akii Bua Memorial Grounds where the venue is. However, their request was denied by DPC who cited bad outcome. He says some wanted to make it a political procession chanting ‘People Power Our Power,” TND News Uganda’s Jaspher Ouni reports.

Lira Municipality is celebrating her belated International Youth Day 2018 Friday, an event that put security to have a keen observation.

He says Lira DPC Joel Tubanone directed the youth to have their procession only within the venue.

The says that the DPC barred street parade was on two grounds: one, that the youth had not written to his office officially and secondly, members of brass band’s attires were somewhat akin to popular ‘togikwatako and #FreeBobiWine’ red fashion.

The band brass belongs to Elim Pentecostal Church, Adyel division, Lira Municipality.

One of the female organizers who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity says they had paid shs.400, 000 for the band.

Asked what they would do, she said: “We must be refunded by police by close of business today. This event is an official one.”

Meanwhile, Micheal Orech, the Community Liaison Officer [CLO] who was with some youth at the venue, told this news website that he was invited by the organizers.

“Me, I was invited and I’m with them till the end,” Orech told us.

He warned youth against taking marijuana and over drinking at early age. Orech says many youth in Lira district are wasting them time on weeds.

Youth, in their hundreds, were from Lira Comprehensive Nursing School, Lira School of Nursing and Midwifery and those who had known about the event were ready for the awareness march.

With the celebration ongoing under security watch, Lira RDC Robert Abak who’s the Guest of Honor, by press time was yet to arrive for the fete.

Vital to know.

Every year, on the 12 August, there is commemoration of International Youth Day as celebrations are organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of action for Youth

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