Fred Nyanzi: why Bobi Wine went beyond Besigye’s FDC 

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Besigye and Bobi Wine at a rally

Former Kamwokya LC1 chairman Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu says his brother and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) is determined to cause change in Uganda.

“Bobi Wine found out that one political party cannot cause change,” Nyanzi better known as Chairman told NTV Panorama

He said while former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, is aligned to Forum for Democratic Change [FDC], Bobi Wine cannot be FDC only.

“He has colleagues in DP and other parties,” Nyanzi added.

The singing MP returns from America where he has been receiving treatment on Thursday to continue his “people power” struggle.

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But government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, believes Bobi Wine is an offshoot of a fading political group of Besigye.

Appearing on NTV “Panorama” programme, Opondo said the international community seems to be falling onto the bandwagon to use Bobi Wine to achieve their ends in Uganda.

“This is not just about Bobi Wine. It is a growing culture of political violence which must be dealt with decisively at the earliest point,” Opondo said.

He added: “We must send a signal to all leaders that impunity and indiscipline will not be tolerated. Bobi Wine is going to be like Gen David Sejusa. Where is Sejusa? Where is Olara Otunu? Where is Amama Mbabazi?”

The rise of Bobi Wine

Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine rose from a musician to politician with a yet to be measured impact on Uganda’s political landscape.

A young man thrust on national stage by the rough and tumble of Uganda’s elective politics, Bobi is not a political scion riding on his father’s legacy.

Through his own bootstraps, he was elected Kyadondo East MP with an overwhelming majority of 78 percent in 2017.

He employed his poetry and street cred to build a story of hope amongst the poor masses and disenchanted youths who are seeking employment.

Today, Bobi Wine commands a legion of supporters across the spectrum that he recently carried three opposition candidates on his shoulders to win three by-elections for parliamentary seats.

With 80 per cent of its population below the age of 35, Uganda is the second youngest country in the World.

According to the Uganda Youth Survey Report of 2016 by the East African Institute of the Aga Khan University, about 52 per cent of youths are unemployed.

Shortly before a fracas broke out in Arua on 13th August 2018, Bobi Wine led the Arua MP –elect MP, Kassiano Wadri’s supporters to disrupt Besigye’s rally.

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