NAIROBI – Since arriving in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, has taken the country by storm.
From addressing university students to holding TV interviews and music concerts, the youthful MP, who has gained worldwide fame following torture by security operatives in the run-up to the Arua Municipality parliamentary by-election in August, gained admiration and sympathy in equal measure from Kenyans.
From wherever he went, several media houses, personalities and rights groups could be seen following him up, seeking interviews and even selfies.
He began his sojourn in the neighbouring country on Wednesday evening with an appearance on Citizen TV where he said President Museveni is a dictator worse than Idi Amin, who ruled Uganda between 1971 and 1979.
On Thursday, Bobi Wine continued with his activities meeting several Kenyan MPs and other members of the Kenya Human Rights Commission at a dinner in Nairobi.
Bobi Wine later addressed students from the University of Nairobi at Ufungamano Hall where he said he does not like being a politician, arguing that the term ‘politician’ is associated with bad things in Africa.
In his speech, he explained how over the years he had lost friends and been harassed by Government officers because he was a musician and powerless, saying that these were some of the things that made him join politics.
“We are going to continue getting together with other young leaders across Africa for the liberation of not only Uganda but Africa as a whole,” he assured the students.
An hour later, Bobi Wine was at Pawa 254 premises on State House Crescent in yet another public engagement.
Wine also held a meeting with the members of the Association of Ugandans in Kenya along Thika road and later on headed for a political rally at Jakaranda in Embakasi constituency led by Babu Owino who invited him.
At the rally, a mammoth crowd awaited him and he did not disappoint, singing some of this songs as they sang along.
“Thank you, Kenya, for the solidarity and brotherhood. Together with comrade Babu Owino & other Kenyan young MPs and Senators, we held a big rally at Jakaranda in Embakasi East Constituency,” he wrote on his Twitter feed.
The legislator is expected to meet Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga before concluding his visit.