By Jimmy Komakech
Following a planned rally by a popular northern Uganda musician Bosmic Otim at Gulu main market on 4, June 2019, security men are yet to locate his whereabout and finally arrest him.
Otim and over 50 people were putting on red clothes with writing “People Power” and red ribbons.
Police immediately on receiving report, moved to the venue and found him standing on top of a vehicle which had public address system while “inciting people”.
According to Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Police public relation officer says police couldn’t use tear gas to quell the protesters, but had to use live bullets.
He also says policr officers who moved with other personel to stop Bosmic Otim and others were stoned, and being at the centre of business, we had to “fire 16 live bullets in the air to disperse the crowd”.
However, during the arrests, Okema says “Otim Bosmic escaped and we only managed to arrest three of his colleagues in the names of Ayella Christopher,41, Bongomin Denis, 19, and Okane Moses, 18, all residents of Gulu municipality plus exhibit items like three loud speakers, some posters with writing “People Power Our Power”, vehicle reg UBD 860D, one generator and stickers with red ribbon.
Police said their CRB file 756/2019 has been compiled and sent for advise by Resident State Attorney before taking them to Court on charges of holding unlawful assembly.
Police has also refuted claim that they hit or beat Bosmic like he alleged on social media, saying that “the allegation is baseless and it is intended to tarnish the name of the officer and Uganda Police Force as an institution”.
“Otim Bosmic therefore, is wanted by the police and any body who has information regarding his whereabouts should face the Police so that he is apprehended to face the Law,” Okema added.