Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine, the MP Kyadondo East Constituency, has explained why he walked out on Buganda Prime Minister, Peter Mayiga, over the weekend.
The Saturday incident saw Bobi miss cutting the cake with Mayiga who was the chief guest at Gayaza Junior School’s Day, celebrating 106 years.
Critics speculated that Bobi Wine and the etofaali hero still nurse hatred following Buganda Kingdom’s decision to seize the singer’s piece of land in Busabala, where his One Love Beach is.
Bobi Wine later explained that he was neither indisciplined nor disrespectful for he received the Katikiro and together they inspected different exhibition stalls for students’ products and activities.
“We also had a cordial chat!” Bobi pointed, quickly observing that he was angry after being denied opportunity to speak at an important function in the heart of Kyadondo East.
“I was at the function from 10am to 3pm (5hrs) and as protocol was being ‘observed’, many of the guests who were invited but didn’t show up had their representatives speak on their behalf.”
He adds: “Just at the point when the area M.P. was to be invited to welcome the Guest of Honour, the C.A.O’s representative was instead invited to perform that role.”
Bobi Wine’s assistant tried to find out from the M.C. whether it was a mistake and they were bluntly informed that they had strict instructions not to let him speak.
Later, a friend who was one of the organisers apologised and told Bobi ‘they’ couldn’t let him speak because they were not sure what he was going to say.
“After the Katikiro’s speech at around 3pm, and owing to the many panic calls from the organisers of the other functions, I silently left and rushed to catch up with my other engagements.”
He added: “I must say it was a humiliation to the people of Kyadondo East to have their elected representative seated at a function for almost five hours and not given any opportunity to say a word. I had prepared to use the occasion to suggest ways of improving our education system!”
Therefore, by the time the cake was cut, Bobi was long gone.
“I am not a ceremonial M.P. and would love to use every chance to speak for and to my people! There is no virtue I treasure as much as humility. I have always respected my tradition and its leadership, I still do.”