Makerere Kavule, 12:03 PM – Against the backdrop of the National Unity Platform (NUP) headquarters, President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, famously known as Bobi Wine, delivered a compelling address that encapsulated a year marked by adversity and resilience, shedding light on the challenges faced by the opposition in Uganda.
Bobi Wine commenced his speech at 11:14 AM with a symbolic mic check, leading into a reflection on the turbulent events of the past year. He drew attention to the alleged misappropriation of relief items in Karamoja by top government officials, emphasizing the dire consequences faced by the region’s impoverished population.
With a solemn tone, Bobi Wine recounted the wave of abductions and arbitrary arrests, detailing the unjust imprisonment of his colleagues, Hon. Ssewanyana and Hon. Ssegirinya, for over 500 days without a fair trial. He then transitioned to the alleged orchestrated attacks on opposition leaders, including himself, expressing concern over a series of shootings that he believes may be a precursor to a government-led crackdown.
Amidst these challenges, Bobi Wine highlighted the international acclaim received for the documentary, “The People’s President,” which clinched a global cinema award in New York and is now in contention for an Oscar. He accused the regime of resorting to propaganda to undermine their struggle.
Turning the spotlight on the NAM Summit, Bobi Wine criticized the disruption it caused to citizens, with reports of over 3,000 affected businesses. He urged democratic leaders attending the summit to see beyond the regime’s facade and recognize the true state of affairs in Uganda.
In a powerful closing statement at 12:03 PM, Bobi Wine called on Ugandans to persist in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality. He emphasized the significance of upholding Article 3 of the Constitution and urged citizens to mobilize against what he termed “dictation.” As the new year unfolds, Bobi Wine’s message resonates as a call to action for those seeking change in Uganda.
This address not only encapsulates the ongoing struggles faced by the opposition but also paints a picture of a resilient movement striving for justice and democratic values in the face of adversity.