It was a historic showdown on Wednesday morning as Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] candidate for Kyandondo East constituency, Hon. Apollo Kantinti, met his nemesis and musician, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), in a televised debate on NBS TV.
Bobi Wine, who comes just as a leader and not politician, says, “Ugandans want to develop but Museveni is against it”.
“If I came yesterday, it would be too early. If I came tomorrow, it would be too late. I have come now. We can’t wait for Uganda to rot,” he emphasised.
Katinti who has held the parliamentary seat for some time now, reminded his upstart rival “the system doesn’t work like that”.
Determined to make a difference, Bobi said Ugandans have waited for over 30 years now.
“We have women dying in hospitals and very many unemployed youths. I come to the race to represent the voice of Kyadondo East. For the longest time, we haven’t had a person representing people.”
Asked by NBS TV host, Simon Kaggwa Njala, whether he was a politician, Bobi said that was the rhetoric that has been used to prevent people from influencing change.
“No. I am a leader. I am a citizen and I am a resident of Kyadondo East Constituency. I come into this race as a leader not as a politician. I do not intend to trade lies to win into the constituency. I come to the race to represent the voice of Kyadondo East. For the longest time, we haven’t had a person representing people.”
Njala further wanted to know why Bobi was joining the mucky waters of politics and whether he was desperate for the ministerial post. “Are you?”
“I am not desperate. Never have I been,” Bobi replied, adding that Uganda needs change and he will ensure that.
“Do you see this as a race between you and Kantinti?” Njala queried, to which Bobi answered: “No. This is not about us. It is about the people of Kyadondo East. This race is not individualistic. It is to front the issues of the people who voted you into the post.”
Bobi said the race is not a ‘Bobi-Kantinti’ issue as that would disregard the people of Kyadondo East and since he “represents the people’s voice, the real change, and not just verbal change”.
“My question to Kantinti is why he feels comfortable to speak good words on TV than in Parliament,” Bobi managed to throw a jibe at his rival.
Bobi who is standing as an independent candidate was reminded that his friend and FDC strongman, Dr Kizza Besigye, would vote for an opposition candidate.
He said that Besigye has a single vote, however; there are hundreds of people in Kyadondo East Constituency whose vote should be respected.
“I am not subscribed to a particular party. I have views that I want to make public. I was approached by people from Kyadondo East to stand for the constituency. It was not a personal decision.”
Bobi says he has in the past channelled his influence as an artiste and now employs over 200 men and women.
“With all due respect, as a leader, I have worked on several projects; even working on Kantinti’s road.”
He added: “I’m ready to explain to the people of Kyadondo East the fundamentals that have come with the change of terrain.”
Bobi says Ugandans vote for people to transform their communities but that Kantinti has been absent from the Constituency.
“Hon. Kantinti is my friend. I voted for him but I feel unrepresented. This race is not individualistic. It is to front the issues of the people that voted you into the post.”
Bobi denies trying to woo politicians affirming, “I have not wooed anyone. These are political leaders I grew up admiring.”