Kenyan MP Banned From Uganda Over Bobi Wine Ties

Government has banned the second person with connections to Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) from entering Uganda.

Babu Owino, the MP for Embakasi East neighbouring Kenya found his way into Uganda’s bad books, thanks to his friendship with Hon Bobi Wine.

Mr Owino last month invited Bobi Wine to Kenya and had him hosted in the national assembly.

He later declared at a rally in Nairobi that he was ready to “die for” him and his cause for bringing change in Uganda.

For that, the youthful Embakasi MP has been declared a persona non grata, which means that he is not allowed inside the borders of Uganda.

The MP says he learnt about the ban this week, though a letter from the Ugandan Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odong to the Kenyan foreign affairs secretary Hon Monica Juba.

In the letter, Minister Odongo accused the Kenyan MP of engaging in subversive activities along with his friend Bobi Wine.

During their rallies in Kenya, the minister says, the two MPs uttered “inflammatory and seditious words against the democratic and legitimate rule of President Yoweri Museveni.”


Mr Babu in a statement described the Ugandan, minister’s move as “draconian,” backward and authoritarian.”

Because of this, he said he missed Hon Bobi Wine’s concert; the Kyarenga Album launch which took place in Busalaba on Saturday night.

He however expressed resolve to continue working with Bobi Wine.

“General Haji’s ban will not deter me from agitating for greater democratic space in Uganda, Kenya and indeed, the entire continent. I will not falter in my pursuit for respect for human rights and the meaningful involvement of the youth in our nations’ affairs,” he said

According to minister Odongo’s letter, MP Babu will not be permitted entry into Uganda except with special clearance from the ministry of internal affairs.

This is the second person with ties to Bobi Wine to be banned from entering Uganda.

Earlier, the MP’s US based lawyer Mr Robert Amsterdam had been declared a persona non grata, following his threats to pursue travel bans for some Ugandan officials.



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