Students from various universities led by Makerere University Vice Guild President Judith Nalukwago have in unison expressed displeasure over Uganda Police’s continued interruption of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi’s public consultations ahead his 2021 presidential bid.
Police has so far cancelled three of Bobi Wine consultations, one in Gayaza on Monday, Gulu on Tuesday and Lira on Wednesday this week.
“We have noted with deep frustration in the direct meddling of the State Security apparatus in the internal political and social process of Uganda as though the citizens of Uganda were a threat to our own existence,” said Nalukwago.
“Presidential Hopeful Hon Kyagulanyi Sentamu wrote to National Electoral Commission informing it of his intention to conduct nationwide consultations on what we as a nation qualify as the ideal president for the modern day global space,” she added.
The students also condemned statements by one Capt. Sula Serunjogi, a UPDF bush war fighter who on Wednesday during the “Africa Kwetu” trek, reportedly said that they could now allow Bobi Wine to become Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
The students say that Serunjogi made the remarks to please President Museveni in order to get promoted to a higher rank.
The Makerere University Guild Minister for Gender, Culture, Ethics and Integrity Marion Kirabo says what is happening in Uganda and what the State is doing to Bobi Wine is not different from what the army did to University students a few weeks ago when it raided one of the University Halls (Lumumba) and beat up students.
The students were beaten over the persistent riots over 15% fees increment.
“Are they not supposed to have the opinions of the people of Uganda? You cannot say that every after 5 years there is an election and you don’t allow people to consult.”
“People have new problems that need new solutions. There is no way they are going to say that youths have no space in this country yet when they (veterans) went to the bush they were youths like us. What did they fight for? What was Luweero war for?” she asked.