Singer Robert Kyagulanyi is following closely in the footsteps of opposition strongman, Kizza Besigye, when it comes to the question of mammoth crowds at rallies.
The musician who is vying for Kyadondo East parliamentary seat against all odds, seems to put up a new rally more energetic than the previous one each time he steps out of his house.
Over the weekend, Bobi was received by a massive crowd in Nangabo Parish at Kitagobwa playground where people turned up in thousands to assert their voice.
“With only 16 days remaining to voting day, the people of Kyadondo East are sticking with the voice of the voiceless. This is evidence that the voice of the people is the voice of God,” Bobi said.
He also used one of his rallies to criticise President Yoweri Museveni who said in his State of the Nation speech that those who think the economy is bad have no eyes to see.
He said an economy can’t be bad when there is an excess of electricity.
“Well, Mr. President, we have eyes to see the darkness that invades our homes when there is no power,” Bobi interjected.
“We have eyes to see our empty wallets and children sitting idle at home as the new school term begins. We have eyes to see that you have been president for a long time, and it is a bad thing because despite of all your experience, you cannot see that the people’s eyes are open and Uganda belongs to us!”
Bobi suggested that “someone should wake Mzeei up”.
A show of support: convoys, crowds
As Bobi was accompanied by musicians such as David Lutalo, King Saha and Mary Bata rocked Nangabo, former presidential candidate Besigye was in Kitezi canvassing votes for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer, Apollo Kantinti.
The veteran of mammoth rallies, Besigye and party president Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu, FDC chairperson Wasswa Birigwa, secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi, coordinator Ingrid Turinawe held a procession from Katinti’s home in Kabubbu Parish.
The procession halted traffic along Gayaza Road with a convoy of supporters moving in vehicles and on motorcycles.
The procession headed to Kitezi where Besigye confessed his support for Kantinti who he said was “unfairly ousted by court”.
“I believe in fairness, and Kantinti invested too much in his previous victory which is the reason why he deserves to complete his term of office,” Besigye told a reasonable crowd much less than that at Bobi Wine’s rally.
Bobi is vying for the seat against FDC’s Kantinti, Sitenda Sebalu of NRM, Lilliane Babirye Kamome (DP) and independents Nkunyingi Muwada and Dr. Sowedi Kayongo.