LUWEERO — National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters in Luweero trekked between 5-20km to attend the campaign rally of their presidential candidate Bobi Wine held in the sparsely populated areas of Kalwana Kassanda.
Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was denied access to all trading centres in the district including Kassanda, as police deployed along with the military blocked all major roads for his supporters to access the campaign venue.
Police led him through the village areas of Kookoowe, Kabulubutu, Seeta and Kitonge to Kalwana playground for his rally over 13 kilometers away from Kassanda Town Center.
The high numbers of supporters overwhelmed police who simply looked on as hundreds of people poured in to attend Kyagulanyi’s rally in Kalwana, despite firing teargas at his supporters and bullets in the air to scare and block the residents from attending the rally.
Kyagulanyi told the locals that such spirit and determination is what is needed to overthrow President Yoweri Museeni from power after 35 years.
Kyagulanyi said that the struggle he is leading to liberate Ugandans from bad governance is real and irreversible.
Kyagulanyi said that although some leaders in the current regime are creating an impression that he cannot be president due to his age and ghetto background, it is evident that he is a threat to the regime, citing the numerous security personnel who trail him during the campaigns.
“Freedom is when you overcome love of money and fear of death,” Kyagulanyi said.
“When you don’t love money, no one can buy you off. You have seen some of our colleagues being bought off. And when you don’t fear death nobody can intimidate you. I have news for you Mr. Museveni; we are no longer scared. Give us liberty or death. You can’t kill us all. Luweero you see, you made it here to my rally because you overcame your fear despite security intimidating, beating you, arresting some of you. You overcame bullets. Those who feared are not here. That is the power of the people. Don’t fear the army or police. Our brothers and sisters in the army and police are only 60,000 and we’re 43 million, and let me tell you 90% of those soldiers support us and will join us when the day comes,” Kyagulanyi told the excited crowd.
Kyagulanyi also asked the youth to desist from acts of violence even when they are provoked by security personnel. He condemned the police for denying him access to major towns and the people therein but he considered it as an opportunity for him to meet even those people in remote areas of the country.
Kassanda North MP Patrick Nsamba earlier told Kyagulanyi that among the major challenges faced by the people in the district is Museveni’s brother, Aine Sodo Kaguta one of the contestants for the Mawogola North MP seat in Sembabule district who has allegedly taken over ownership of almost all the gold mines within Kassanda.
Nsamba also rubbished the allegations traded by the ruling NRM government that once Kyagulanyi is elected president, all non- Baganda will be evicted from their land.
Kyagulanyi said he’d become angry with the residents of Luweero for always falling for Museveni’s lies by overwhelming voting for him in previous elections despite him killing over 500,000 people of their family members during the NRA bush wars. Kyagulanyi said Uganda is a rich country but its riches are being enjoyed by President Museveni and his family.