Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has called upon America to stop funding President Yoweri Museveni’s government projects but instead focus on channelling the funds to directly helping Ugandans.
Bobi Wine, who is also the Kyadondo East legislator, made these remarks during an interview with All Jazeera over the weekend, at which reiterated his intention to oust Museveni come the 2021 elections.
It should be noted that Bobi Wine’s increasing popularity is considered a threat to President Museveni who has been in power for over 30 years.He said that “I have never realistically experienced a Uganda with another president. And it is more than 80 percent of Ugandans that are in the same situation.”
He added; “That really gets us disturbed. We have been denied an opportunity to contribute to our country. We have been excluded as a new generation. And we desire to contribute to building our country, which we know we are going to live in.”
“Certainly, the people making decisions for us are not going to be there to either benefit or suffer from the decisions – which are evidently wrong – that they are making for us.”
The Ugandan government has arrested and prosecuted Bobi Wine several times, and the opposition figure has accused security forces of torturing him, although president Museveni refuted such allegations, referring to him as a ‘Cry Baby’ who keeps crying to foreigners for help.
But the 37-year-old is not holding back his ambitions.
In fact, he is now directly challenging President Museveni in elections expected to be held in 2021.
“We know that Museveni is planning to rig the election, he has done it in the past … But we are banking on overwhelming him because a vote can easily be rigged if it’s not overwhelming,” says Bobi Wine.
“And ultimately, if President Museveni tries to rig the election … the people of Uganda will rise up and they will stop it … They are tired of this operation and they are tired and they will not take it any longer,” Bobi Wine noted.
But Wine stressed that he does not believe in violence and that they are using and will continue to use “all legitimate and legal ways of defending our voice.”
“We are looking at breaking a dictatorship and having Uganda under civilian rule, which has never happened before.”
So, will his popularity be enough to get him elected? And what are his plans for the way forward?
The above questions and many more can only be answered by the outcome of the 2021 presidential election.
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