Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine on Saturday used the ‘Kyarenga’ music concert at his Busabala beach to shed more light on his presidential ambitions, Chimp Corps report.
The event, which attracted opposition lawmakers and thousands of excited youth, gave Bobi a platform to confirm to his fans that he would participate in the 2021 presidential race.
“I encourage you to pick and keep your national identity cards. That’s all you need. Leave the rest to us,” said Bobi as fans cheered him.
Prospective voters are required to present national IDs to participate in the forthcoming general elections.
“We have only two years left. We will deal with that man,” he emphasized amid a standing ovation from the audience.
Until recently, Bobi was only seen as a popular musician.
But his participation and victory in the Kyadondo East by-election catapulted Bobi the national political scene, sending shockwaves in the ruling party.
The arrest of Bobi and his colleagues in the violent Arua elections attracted global media attention and energyised his strategists to eye the highest political seat in the land.
Bobi is not a great stage performer but the lyrics of his song resonate with the challenges and aspirations of the common man.
By using music to give hope to the hopeless, Bobi hopes to marshal the needed numbers to shoot his way to State House.
But former premier Apollo Nsibambi urged Bobi to form alliances with other political organisations in his pursuit for power.
Addressing his fans last night, Bobi appeared to root for unity.
“They are frightened by our large numbers. It’s because of big numbers that I am still alive,” he said.
Dozens took to the street to protest the incarceration of Bobi after the Arua polls.
“Changing society requires that everyone plays their part. Your participation must be active. Do whatever you can to make this a better place,” he added.
Having secured injuries in recent deadly political battles, Bobi’s urged his followers to be “non-violent,” adding, “We will get there in peace.”
This was seen as huge departure from his confrontational attitude. In Parliament chambers, Bobi participated in a physical fight with elite forces that left dozens nursing wounds.
At Busabala, Bobi poured scorn on elite’s demands that he sheds light on his alternative polices he intends to implement to transform the country, saying his regime will work on orders from the people.
This populist view appeals to the locals who are determined to have a change of the statusquo for the sake of change.
Considering police had warned him against turning the concert into a political rally, Bobi avoided mentioning Museveni but tactfully used the term ‘Bosco’ which his fans appreciate.
He also appealed to the jobless, saying its high time they visualized and worked towards realizing a country that “works for all” not a “selected few”.
Apparently, Bobi also intended to send a message to the establishment, saying Uganda remained a “time bomb” which would “explode soon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
In a parting shot, Bobi decried the insecurity and poor public service delivery in Uganda.
“Imagine a situation where we all unite – doctors, teachers, policemen and play our part in changing our society. Imagine a situation where all our streets are well lit and you don’t have to struggle to identify those who kill or people,” he said.
The singer urged his fans to “stick with love because hate is too heavy to bear.”
ChimpReports was unable to obtain the accurate number of revelers at the concert as proper records of ticket sales were not readily available.
But rough estimates put the figure between 10,000 – 15,000.