Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi yesterday sounded a warning that Uganda’s opposition will remain just that, if they don’t give up on the urge to fight against each other.
The MP, better known as Bobi Wine said during a radio talk show last evening, that with the kind of bickering in the opposition, they will never succeed in dislodging the current National Resistance Movement (NRM) under President Yoweri Museveni.
“Unless we unite, our struggle for freedom is far from over,” he said.
“Now we are our own problem; the biggest problem to the (country’s) liberation has turned out to be the opposition, and it must not be like that. We must sort that out.”
Bobi Wine was speaking in light of last week’s attack on FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye, by a group of youths who purported to be members of his own People Power pressure group.
The MP doubled down on his denial of knowledge of the people behind the attack, expressing dismay that many people were eager to association him with the thugs.
“It is sad that people attacked Besigye and this was blamed on me. I completely distance myself from any kind of violence.”
“I want to make it clear that whatever happened on the weekend was not by anybody around me. It disturbs me to see how people are struggling to associate me with that unfortunate and indisciplined event. That’s not my kind of politics.”
Bobi Wine went on to stress that his relationship with Dr Besigye is still strong and that he has no reason to fight him despite their differences in thought.
“Dr Besigye is one of the leaders I hold in very high regard. He is a very close friend to me and he has been a role model to me. He is one of the people that gave me confidence to rise against this regime.”
“Of course I, like any other human, have different views on life but I have a lot of respect for him and other leaders, especially those that have been revolutional.”
“I know that when we came the way we came, we wanted change, and our rise upstaged not just the regime, but also the traditional opposition. But like I have said, my agenda is not to fight against the forces of change. We can either fight together and win as brothers or perish together as fools. I don’t believe in the idea of people who are oppressed, again fighting amongst each other.”