JOHANNESBURG —Bobi Wine has on Wednesday night arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa ahead of the Freedom Foundation Africa’s Africa Freedom Awards 2019 ceremony on Friday.
Bobi Wine was last month nominated for the Africa Freedom Awards 2019 by the Freedom Foundation Africa for standing against human rights violation and fronting social justice.
Hundreds of Ugandans living in South Africa welcomed him at the airport.
Social media videos show long processions from the airport, with his supporters singing his freedom sings including Tuliyambala Engule.
The MP, whose real name is Robert Kyagyalanyi will also be live on SABC, South Africa’s biggest TV station, at 21:00 CAT (10:00pm Uganda time).
Bobi Wine is expected speak about struggle for freedom, presidential ambitions in 2021 and democracy in Uganda.
“I cannot thank you enough, all you fellow Ugandans who came out massively to receive me at the airport,” he said.
On weekend, Bobi Wine warned that the people of Uganda will rise up if [President Yoweri] Museveni tries to rig in the 2021 polls.
He told Al Jazeera that the winds of change are sweeping the Continent and that, he expects them to Uganda in 2021.
“I did not say people may rise up. I said people will rise up to claim their country if President Museveni stops us from participating or rigs the election,” Bobi Wine said.
He also revealed that opposition bigwigs are in their advanced stages of agreeing to a single joint candidate ahead of the crucial polls.
“We want to confront the dictatorship with one strong voice,” he said.
Other issues, if elected, Bobi Wine says his administration would put an end to corruption, dictatorship, cleaning the health system that “is sick itself” and education system.
While discussing his plan to replace President Yoweri Museveni after 33 years in power, the budding opposition figure urged the youths to rise up and demand for the right to shape their own future.
Bobi Wine claimed that, the elderly people making decisions for the youth 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 singer turned politician, said that the youth of Uganda want better and that ” they are saying they want the country back. They are saying they want a country that offers equal opportunities to every Uganda where somebody is going to be judged by who their parents are. The youth of Uganda are saying it is time, it is our time.”
“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,” Bobi Wine told Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview that was widely watched and shared across social media platforms.