No, Uganda police not investigating guests at People Power spokesperson’s wedding

Uganda’s police are investigating guests who attended the wedding of Joel Ssenyonyi, spokesperson for the country’s People Power resistance movement. That’s according to a post published on the Times of Kampala Facebook page on 28 June 2020.

“JUST IN: We are investigating how many people attended Bobi Wine’s spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi wedding, if we find out there were more than 10 people we will have to detain the newly wedded couple -Fred Enanga,” it reads.

Enanga is the spokesperson for Uganda’s police. Bobi Wine is the stage name of Ugandan parliamentarian-cum-musician Robert Kyagulanyi, People Power’s leader.

On 24 March Uganda’s government introduced public health rules to curb the spread of Covid-19. The rules prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people at weddings, parties and funerals. 

Ugandan authorities have reportedly harassed Wine and his movement before. But have the police announced that they would be investigating guests at his spokesperson’s wedding?

‘Fake news’

The post was published the day after Wine shared news of Ssenyonyi’s wedding on Twitter. 

“It’s wedding day for our spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi. Hearty congratulations, and best wishes to you two as you embark on this journey,” he tweeted on 27 June. 

On 29 June, the Uganda Police Force tweeted a screenshot of the Facebook post, simply stamped “FAKE NEWS”.

The police are not investigating the wedding guests. – Grace Gichuhi


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