Kampala – Juliet Nantongo, who is a staunch Bobi Wine supporter, is being hunted by security operatives in Uganda over allegations that she was among the National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters who fueled the ‘Free Bobi Wine’ protests, which broke out almost two weeks ago and leftover 54 people dead, plus several others injured.
The protests broke out in several parts of the country between 18 and 19th November 2020, as Bobi Wine supporters demanded his unconditional release after he had been arrested in Luuka District, Eastern Uganda, where he was blocked by the police from holding presidential campaigns.
Following his arrest, protests broke out in Jinja, Kampala, Masaka, Hoima, Gulu and other parts of the country, with NUP supporters burning old car tyres and blocking major roads in the cities.
Ever since that incident, security agencies have been raiding different National Unity Platform (NUP) offices in various parts of the country and confiscating a number of items regarded as military regalia, which included red berets, on top of arresting Bobi Wine supporters.
However, the police contend that several people both within Uganda and abroad were behind fueling the riots that resulted into loss of life and property worth billions of shillings.
Among those being hunted is Juliet Nantongo, 54, who is said to be in Canada, where she went for vacation, although security operatives identified her as one of the Ugandans in the Diaspora who rallied others to engage on the protests.
According to credible sources security operatives in Uganda have since launched a head-hunt for her, such that she can be arrested and face several charges because of her role in fueling the ‘Free Bobi Wine’ protests through her social media platforms.
It is even alleged that Nantongo is suspected to have been one of the people who sent money from abroad to facilitate NUP supporters in buying fuel, old tyres and other objects they used during the riots.
However, it is not only Nantongo who is on the list of wanted NUP supporters, because ever since the protests stopped following the release of Bobi Wine, but hundreds of NUP supporters have also been arrested and many other continue to disappear without a trace.