Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) on Wednesday afternoon took a swipe at President Yoweri Museveni, who he accused of trying to blind the youths in city ghettos with money handouts.
The MP also cautioned these youths not to rush to “sell their souls” but to rather stick to the truth and demand fair treatment.
Bobi Wine was speaking to youths at the Kamwokya Catholic Parish during a special church service, before he left for neighbouring Kenya where he is expected to address members of parliament and university students.
Bobi Wine, while referring to incidences where president Museveni donated chucks of money to urban youths including those in Kamwokya recently, said the youths are being taken advantage of, owing to their condition.
These youths according to the MP, don’t need cash handouts, but economic empowerment and a good environment through which they can develop themselves.
“You have seen it even here in Kamwokya. Because of the kind of situation we grew up in, of poverty, they know that for them to make us consent to something wrong, they have to give us money,” Bobi Wine said.
“But I want to tell you that what we need as people is to be treated as citizens, and to be respected as residents.”
“We also need to see that the leadership which we have elected puts in place initiatives that enable us to develop ourselves as people. Not just throwing us something.”
President Yoweri Museveni says his donations are meant to lift up such unemployed youths from poverty, by helping them joining entrepreneurship groups and accessing funds to start up their own businesses.
The president says such start-ups will provide the basis for the country’s industrialization, and discourage the excessive importation.
Bobi Wine during his church address, urged the ghetto youths to peacefully stand their ground and push for their rights.
“Even if you are hard pressed, don’t copy something wrong which your oppressor is showing you. Always stand for the truth,” he said.
“The space between us and our freedom is fear. Do not fear especially if you know that what you are doing is not a crime. Go on, follow the laws, but be assertive while doing so. Don’t sell your soul.”
The MP also implored the youths to work toward cleaning the image of the ghetto.
“It’s our responsibility to change the image of the ghetto, to be seen as good and responsible citizens. Our leaders want to portray us as trouble makers so that they can respond to us with violence.”