DOHA —Kyadondo East MP Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi, 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.
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.”
The budding opposition figure who has since confirmed plans to directly challenge President Museveni in elections expected to be held in 2021 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.”
“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,” said 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.”