The overwhelming defeat that singer Robert Kyagulanyi dealt his political opponents on Thursday reverberated in political circles to the extent of awakening former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
The former Go Forward presidential candidate retreated into deep “political sleep” after being defeated by President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 elections.
Mbabazi went silent as a grave ever since only to be heard from last month with a tweet or two congratulating Muslims for completing the holy month of Ramadhan.
He was also seen attending a recent wedding of his sister-in-law Alice Ruhindi in London.
Apart from those few appearances, Mbabazi has been quietly living his life as if he has never stepped on the political arena at all.
On Thursday night, however, Bobi Wine’s win in the Kyadondo East constituency stirred Mbabazi suddenly awake.
The former powerful ruling party NRM secretary general hurried to his official twitter handle to congratulate the musician.
“Bobi Wine Robert Kyagulanyi congratulations on your emphatic win!,” Mbabazi said.
Bobi Wine Robert Kyagulanyi congratulations on your emphatic win! The people of Kyadondo East have spoken with a clear unmistakable voice.
— Amama Mbabazi (@AmamaMbabazi) June 29, 2017
He added: “The people of Kyadondo East have spoken with a clear unmistakable voice.”
Earlier, former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, also congratulated the singer saying people power had won.
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, acknowledged Bobi wine “had beaten everyone NRM, FDC combined hands down”.
Kampala Central MP, Hon. Mohammad Nsereko, advised him to represent the people of Kyadondo honourably.
Bobi Wine beat rivals; ruling NRM party candidate, Sitenda Sebalu, opposition FDC’s Apollo Kantinti and independents; Muwadda Nkunyingi, Sowedi Kayongo Male and Edward Kasasa.
Bobi Wine polled 25,659 votes followed by Kantinti with 1,832, Sitenda with 4,566 votes, Muwada with 575 votes and lastly Kayongo with 377 votes.