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Bobi Wine on JKL: Museveni worse than Idi Amin Dada

Vocal Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi, famously known as Bobi Wine, has described President Yoweri Museveni as a leader drunk with power.

Mr Kyagulanyi went even further, claiming Mr Museveni is worse than the late dictator Idi Amin Dada, a man accused of killings during his reign from 1971-1979.

In an interview on Citizen Television on Wednesday night, Bobi Wine said he believes the Ugandan president’s mind has been corrupted by those who surround him since they shower him with empty praise.

According to Mr Kyagulanyi, institutions and leadership in his country are failing because the people who surround Mr Museveni are his relatives and tribesmen.

“It has been said before that power corrupts, absolutely. I believe he is drunk with power. He has been convinced by those who surround him that he is a god of sorts,” said Mr Kyagulanyi.

Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi with CitizeN TV anchor Jeff Koinange on October 10, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY
Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi with CitizeN TV anchor Jeff Koinange on October 10, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

And when asked by presenter Jeff Koinange during the live interview on the kind of advice he would give him, he asked President Museveni to be true to his words and people.

Even though he has recently come out publicly to protest against Mr Museveni, he is aware that those who have tried that before have suffered their own share of brutality.

The lawmaker expressed confidence that the situation would change since Mr Museveni will not remain in power forever.

“Freedom comes to those who fight, not those who cry. The more you cry, the more your people continue to die. So rise (up) and defend your rights,” said Mr Kyagulanyi.

In August, he was accused by Museveni’s administration of attacking his convoy in Arua, sparking chaos that led to his arrest and detention.

He travelled to the United States for specialised treatment from torture injuries sustained during the detention period.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was with him during the live interview.​


Meanwhile, Kenyans on Twitter were left mesmerized by the Ugandan MP’s eloquence, charm and charisma in articulating his vision for his country.

KOT were especially wowed by his measured, thoughtful and philosophical responses laces with famous quotes from great world leaders of the past.

For instance, when asked why he thinks Museveni is so scared of relinquishing power, he responded by saying:

“We desire to see a president that will not be scared to live in his country after he relinquishes power. So we do not want to continue being a laughing stock among nations. We want to talk about our president nicely and yes if he insists on being stubborn we intend to push him nicely.”

This and many other witty responses won him plaudits from Kenyans on Twitter

@PNaibe said, “His response on if he thought m7 would end the Mugabe way was so mature n patriotic! The guy is the future.” While @c_munyua wrote, “Very true He is a natural leader with articulate points. What an inspirational young man.”

@bonbin66 said, “Sure hapo I agree with u, Bobi wine is very wise especially his answers r very carefully measured, I think hes agem of aleader n he’s going places.”