Kyadondo East MP and Presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Bobi Wine has joined in the chorus of Ugandans who woke up to mourn and commemorate the former UPDF spokesperson Col Shaban Bantariza.
Bobi Wine also condemned some sections of the public, mostly the opposition leaning who decided to celebrate the passing of Col Bantariza.
The fallen deputy Government spokesperson succumbed to Covid 19 at Mulago Hospital early Tuesday morning.
In a statement, Bobi Wine said he couldn’t celebrate the death of a person whether or not he was opposed to their views.
“Unlike some comrades who celebrate when their oppressors die, I personally feel sad when they die,” he said.
“I always wish that they live much longer and witness a New Uganda which is governed with fairness, justice and love.”
The MP further noted that celebrating the passing of Col Bantariza signified the growing political divide in the country.
“I have also read very many unkind comments about him on social media. It never used to be like this, but may be this reflects the growing wedge between our rulers and those who are ruled. My prayer is that this will cause deep reflection amongst all of us,” he said.
Following his death on Tuesday morning some social media users started to share video clips of Col Bantariza mocking the opposition.
In one, he e threatened to extinguish Bobi Wine’s campaign with “fire”
“If there are reasons for us to go back to the bush…my guns are there. I have three of them,” he said.
But Bobi Wine in his message however, called on Ugandans in leadership positions to remain humble, knowing that soon they will cease to exist.
“In death, we are reminded that all of us are equal and share a common destiny as human beings, as we await God’s judgement,” he said.
“Therefore, while we’re still alive, we should try to do what is good and what is right to all kinds of people regardless of their social status. May we also learn never to put our trust in anything else, except God, who alone is immortal. Nothing should ever replace humanity and humility.”