KAMPALA – Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has lashed out at President Museveni for ridiculing his political career.
President Museveni recently told youth at State House that Bobi Wine should stick to music and entertaining people in clubs like Suzana and leave politics to those who understand it.
But the musician-cum politician has hit at the President, saying at a young age in the 1980s, he was not looking after his cows but was also involved in politics.
“You said that as a musician, I should stick to music alone but remember when you were my age, you did not stick to keeping cattle. When you were my age, you were busy interacting with cows and goats but at my age, I have been interacting with the common people,” Bobi Wine said.
The legislator made the remarks in Arua at a thanksgiving ceremony organised by Mr Wadri for his victory in the chaotic Arua Municipality parliamentary by-election. A day to the election in Arua, Bobi Wine together with fellow legislators subscribing to people power such as Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine (Kyadondo), Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality) and Paul Mwiru (Jinja East) were arrested and later charged with treason.
But on Sunday, he was back in the area and told residents that President Museveni’s stay in power is numbered.
“I tell you (Museveni), your days are numbered. How can you say you went to the bush and fought for democracy yet you don’t even practise it in your NRM (National Resistance Movement) party even after 33 years?” Mr Kyagulanyi, who has already declared intention to stand as president in 2021 polls, said.
During the 1970/80s, a young Museveni was actively involved in the struggled against the Idi Amin and Milton Obote regimes whom he accused of being dictatorial and repressive.
In December 1980, Obote’s party, the UPC, won a majority in highly controversial elections for parliament. The DP leadership reluctantly agreed to act as a constitutional opposition, but Mr Museveni, who had played a significant part in the military overthrow of Amin, refused to accept the UPC victory. He formed an opposition group, the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Museveni led the movement’s guerrilla group, the National Resistance Army (NRA), and waged an increasingly effective campaign against the government.
On Sunday, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, who has since formed a new political party that has been gazetted by the Electoral Commission, was the chief guest at the ceremony held at Arua Hill Primary School playgrounds.
In his speech, Gen Muntu said Ugandans should use their mind to fight those in power wielding heavy guns like tankers and rocket-propelled grenades to threaten them.
“Power does not belong in guns; it is in your head. Museveni’s regime is trembling because he knows people have become assertive and know their political rights,” he said.
Mr Wadri said he would continue to offer good representation to the pressing issues like intermittent electricity that has stifled development and fight corruption in his constituency.
Earlier ahead of the function, there was heavy police and army deployment in Arua Town, which reminded the residents of the August 13, 2018 chaos. However, thousands still turned up and graced the occasion.