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Bobi Wine Is Not Fighting For Anyone’s Freedom But For Personal Power So That He Too Can Establish His Own Dictatorship – Andrew Mwenda

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Political commentator Andrew Mwenda has warned that Kyodondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine is fighting to establish his dictatorship.
In a message on his Facebook page, Mwenda disclosed that Bobi and his fans are a radical extremist group intolerant of dissent, and always willing to employ physical and psychological terror on their opponents.
Below is his post verbatim:
Yesterday police in heavily armored vehicles blocked a music concert by singer turned politician, Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. I feel a lot of sympathy with Bobi Wine because concerts are the way he earns a living. Blocking him from hosting them is literally denying him the right to live. In an ideal world, this is unacceptable. It is therefore understandable that many people would be angry.

Across social media, Uganda’s pseudo democrats rallied in defense of Bobi Wine’s “right” to host a concert. It is a right I am willing to defend even with my own life. However Bobi Wine is himself not respectful of the freedom of those who disagree with him. Bobi Wine wants power to do onto his opponents exactly what President Yoweri Museveni does to him.

Therefore the defense of Bobi Wine’s right to host concerts is not a defense of his right to freedom and liberty as many may think. Rather it is a defense of the right of a radical extremist group intolerant of dissent, and always willing to employ physical and psychological terror on its opponents, to also capture power and load it over others. I find it difficult to defend the right of this neo-nazi cult to organize for power.

For the most part, the African intellectual elite is a lost human soul. He/she has a view of liberal democracy that is rooted in hallucinations, not reality. He/she treats struggles for power as if they were struggles for democracy, freedom and liberty. As a result the nations on Africa have been clutching from one tyranny to another, causing the same intellectuals to keep blaming leaders, not recognizing their own role in propping up these leaders.

In 1971, these Ugandan intellectuals supported, helped and welcomed Idi Amin’s overthrow of the Milton Obote government. Obote’s administration had many problems but it was a much more benign authoritarian government than Idi Amin’s murderous regime. I have many disagreements with Museveni’s rule but these cannot blind me the dangers evident in the forces propelling Bobi Wine most especially their total, absolute and complete intolerance of divergent views and disregard for the rights of others!

Bobi Wine can only replace Museveni’s enlightened authoritarian administration with an anarchist, chaotic and tyrannical tinpot dictatorship! The evidence of this is so overwhelming that even the blind can see it. Why some of our enlightened intellectuals are blind to such obvious dangers is itself blinding. Just visit social media and see what they say and do. If these social media bullies do not stand for what Bobi Wine stands for, he has all the freedom to condemn them. He has never and will never! Why? Because he shares their values.

The liberal democratic ethos is very weak on our continent. Consequently, our elites mistakes struggles for power for struggles for freedom and liberty. Even Adolf Hitler would would find mass support among our “democratic elites” if he stood against an incumbent even though his personal views and the conduct of his nazi party were clearly antithetical to liberal democracy. That is the tragedy of Africa.

‪Bobi Wine is not fighting for anyone’s freedom but for personal power so that he too can establish his own dictatorship. I find it hard to defend the rights of one potential tyrant to usurp power from an incumbent one. If Bobi Wine believes in freedom, he must first defend the freedom of those who criticize him from the cyber bullying of his social media terrorists! Give him power and his army cyber bullies will act like Museveni’s police or even worse. Why then do so many of Uganda’s elites rally around him with claims that they are defending the cause of freedom and liberty? ‬

‪I have just been watching a BBC Hard Talk interview of Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of Zimbabwe. I was impressed because throughout the interview Chamisa condemned those of his supporters who exhibit intolerance and employ both physical and psychological violence against people who disagree with them. He even claimed he had reported to police some of his supporters who use physical and cyber violence against opponents. ‬

‪Now Chamisa could have been lying. But the fact that he found it important to distance himself from the violence and intolerance of some of his supporters reflect a mind conscious of democratic ideals. Bobi Wine and Kizza Besigye make no effort at all to distance themselves from those of their supporters who employ cyber bullying and physical violence against opponents. They remain silent when their supporters launch petitions against television panelists who express views they do not like. They keep silent when their supporters hurl insults and abuses against their critics. Will they, if in power, respect the rights of their opponents to host concerts, speak on radio and television and hold rallies? ‬

‪These Ugandan “intellectuals” support Bobi Wine only and only because he stands in opposition to Museveni. They do not care what values he stands for and what forces are propelling him to power. They do this largely because in Uganda’s current situation, it is cool to be opposed to Museveni. To be seen to be against Museveni is equal to being on the side of the down trodden. This is the real tragedy of Uganda and Africa. Anybody and anyone can claim to be a democrat just by shouting slogans, however empty, against an incumbent. ‬

‪If Bobi Wine came to power, it is these, his fanatical supporters, that will be in control of the state with power to decide who should appear on television or radio, write in newspapers, hold a rally or host a concert! If they cannot tolerate dissent out of power, what will happen when they get hold of the state’s instruments of coercion and repression – the army, police and their tanks and APCs? ‬

‪I see the US embassy along with EU ambassadors in bed with Bobi Wine oblivious of his demonstrated disregard for liberal democratic ideals. Western diplomats bring only prejudice to their work, hence their constant support of every upstart who shouts dictatorship at the incumbent.‬

‪I urge Bobi Wine and Besigye to watch the Chamisa interview on BBC and hopefully to pick one lesson or two. For now, only naive and pseudo democrats shopping for cheap popularity can stand in honest defense of Bobi Wine and his desire to grab power to establish his own dictatorship! ‬

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Panic In MP Kato Lubwama’s SOLIDA Camp, Bobi Wine’s People Power Finally Get Candidate To Oust Him

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L-R: Kato Lubwama, Bobi Wine and Mukasa

There is panic in the camp of incumbent Lubaga South Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Kato Lubwama after a number of SOLIDA members and area councilors fronted People Power diehard to oust him.

On Sunday evening, the Grapevine scribe landed on a group of Lubaga south councilors in a private political meeting at Javine hotel near Pope Paul hotel in Ndeeba, a suburb in Lubaga division, brainstorming on how to put him down.

The councilors in a meeting on Sunday

The Grapevine scribe established that the meeting was political after hearing voices of the members swearing that they are tired of Lubwama’s laziness in the August house. “We have to start looking for a formidable MP now otherwise we shall remain the same if we wait for Byamukama’s electoral Commission program,” one of the SOLIDA members was heard telling other friends in the meeting. One councilor we established as Hajjati Fuge, representing Busega parish in KCCA told friends that their constituency has lost out on many government programs due to lack of a vibrant MP.

She explained to her colleagues that they were expecting the construction and completion of the Nalukoloongo channel this political term of 2016-2021 but this has failed because of the area MP has failed to voice out their problems on the floor of parliament.

Mukasa with Mukono Legislator Betty Nambooze

Isaac, another councilor told colleagues that they are likely to lose their seats because voters are not happy, the voters blame the councilors for misleading them by recommending Lubwama. In the same meeting, one of the members whom we establish as Julius Katongole, a people power coordinate in Lubaga South revealed to his friends that as people power crusade, they are fronting a one Aloysious Mukasa to oust Lubwama from Lubaga South and they have already started drafting strategies to see that Lubaga South gets someone who will competently represent their interests.

Katongole told the over 30 councilors that what he wants from them is to join hands and liberate Lubaga South by supporting Bobi Wine’s diehard Mukasa.

“In the last general election, like other city constituencies, we voted leaders under the bandwagon effect without verifying them, someone of them told us to send them to parliament so that they can also eat. What do you really expect from such a leader?” Katongole said.  Katongole added that Mukasa, who they want to replace Lubwama, is a well-known businessman in the area who is not looking for a job like other leaders who won in the previous elections.

Mukasa chatting with some of the locals in Ndeeba

He added that as People Power Movement in Lubaga South, they are going to start moving from parish to parish endorsing candidates to stand on people power ticket, he warned councilors not to condemn him if the crusade drops them for not fulfilling the pledges they made in the previous term.

Katongole said that in July this year, the Lubaga South People Power wing is going to have a private political meeting with their national president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East MP to discuss how they can politically take over Lubaga South from local level to parliamentary level.

Lubaga South is made of parishes of Najjanakumbi 1, Najjanakumbi 2, Nateete, Ndeeba, Busega, Kabowa, Mutundwe and Lubaga. Efforts to speak to MP Kato Lubwama were futile since he has been not picking our calls since Tuesday.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Museveni Cannot Win The 2021 Elections, Bobi Wine Will Be President – Justice George Kanyeihamba

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Retired Justice George Kanyeihamba has recommended People Power leader and the Kyadondo East legislator Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu alias Bobi wine as president come 2021 .

Addressing the media at his home in Buziga, a Kampala suburb today, the retired judge said that president Museveni cannot win the 2021 general election because all his comrades who have always helped him to win the elections, the likes of Kivejinja will be 90 years by 2021 and the youths will decide this election.

Kanyeihamba said that power belongs to the people and the youth are many in numbers compared to the people in Museveni’s age bracket.

“Museveni cannot win the 2021 election, all his comrades are aged and they will be ninety years by that time. Bobi wine has the potential to win this election and he will by the power of the youths and the numbers, me too I support him,” the retired Judge said.

Kanyeihamba has also dismissed articles in the media that he was held hostage on Friday last week after a scuffle with one of his guard over a gun.

The retired judge who shade tears Infront of the cameras said he only felt sympathy for one of his bodyguards, a one Magololo who had lost his father that morning but his bosses refused him to go for burial because the force had no money.

He said that he gave his guard forty thousand shillings (40,000) to help him reach the burial place. He said that he also told him to surrender the gun to his person body guard a one Peter Onap something that Magololo refused to do. He said that he was forced to call his bosses who acted swiftly.

“It’s this scuffle that caused an alarm among my neighbors and the media because I had ordered my gate to be closed so that Magololo does not enter but nothing much had happened. I wonder where the media got this story from, but they will explain it somewhere,” Kanyeihamba said.

Kanyeihamba said that he has already alerted his two lawyers for legal battle with the New Vision.

By Mboowa Nathan

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You Cannot Exchange The Current Regime With Hooligans – MP Nsereko Blast Bobi Wine’s People Power

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Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Nsereko has branded People Power movement members as hooligans over the way they attack anyone who tries to show them the right path to leadership.

In a heated live chat with music promotor Andrew Bajjo alias Bajjo event, a strong People Power supporter, Nsereko schooled him and all People Power supporters that what Ugandans want right now is a united opposition not one individual.

First, Bajjo revealed that he has spent a week in Kamuli district and established that people are tired of Kadaga because she has over stayed in parliament and failed to change their living conditions.

“Nsereko, I can bet my hand to be chopped off if Kadaga returns to parliament. People in Kamuli are tired of that old woman, they want new blood. I was there recently, people of kamuli are very poor. They cannot even afford to get 4000 shillings to enter a musical show.

I swear Kadaga will not cross that Jinja bridge because people are tired,” the music promotor stated.

He boasted that as People Power movement, they are planning to solve the Kamuli problem by bringing a youthful Moses Bigirwa (DP) to replace Kadaga.

MP Nsereko immediately intervened and educated Bajjo that Bigirwa can’t replace Kadaga in Kamuli because he is not a woman. Nsereko also swore that Kadaga will retain her sit. The outspoken Bajjo boasted that the country is tired of politicians like MP Nsereko who survive on confusion and mismanaging of public affairs and it’s the reason they are yearning for fresh blood like Kyadondo East MP Robert Kaygulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi wine.

Bajjo said that he speaks for the poor Ugandans who cannot afford paying school fees of 20,000 (twenty thousand shillings).

He pleaded with Nsereko to join people power camp instead of undermining MP Kyagulanyi because of his background. Bajjo also wondered why Nsereko from Kkobe clan and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago are fighting Kyagulanyi and supporting Kizza Besigye who he claims is a Museveni project to keep him in power. MP Nsereko rubbished Bajjo’s claims and educated him that leaders are trained, tested and supervised.

He told Bajjo and the people power group must understand what is on the ground and what can help them take power instead of fighting the people they have found in the struggle for change.

“People are asking the opposition to come together, we are not promoting that kind of individualism you want to promote,” MP Nsereko said. He told Bajjo to go and tell his friends in People Power to accept that they need other people to change Uganda’s political situation and that they must accept the debate to choose the person to be fronted for presidency in the next general election.

The Kampala central legislator said that there’s no way you can exchange the current regime with hooligans adding that whoever speaks truth about Bobi Wine becomes a victim of insults and abuses.

“As people in power, I strongly believe that the future of Uganda’s opposition has been buried never to resurrect,” Nsereko added.

He said that he has on several occasions been engaged in a verbal exchange with people power diehards who claim that he is working for president Museveni and they have already chosen Kyagulanyi’s brother Fred Nyanzi to replace him as a MP for Kampala central.

By Jamil Lutakome

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