President Yoweri Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office in 2021 but the last few years have been dominated by a battle with his leading critic, musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine.
The leader of The People Power movement accuses the president of oppression and says he has been subjected to torture while in prison.
BBC Newsday’s Alan Kasujja sat down with President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe:
When asked on why Bobi Wine’s concerts are being blocked, Museveni said the singer is an enemy of progress who cannot be allowed to enjoy Uganda’s prosperity.
“Bobi Wine went to USA and said investors should not come to invest in Uganda. That means he is an enemy of progress in Uganda,” Museveni said.
He added: “I was in opposition myself in 1960s member of DP and could not say don’t build Masaka-Kabale road because I was not in government. The road is not for government but people.”
Museveni said it was wrong for Bobi Wine to ask the US government to cut off funding yet he is one of those who benefit from the aid.
“If you are waging a war on our country by telling foreigners not to invest in our country, you are waging war on our prosperity. Why do you at the same time want to take advantage of that prosperity?” he said.
He added: “I am not sure but I will speak to the police to tell me.”
Over 100 music concerts for the legislator cum singer have been cancelled since he joined politics as Kyadondo East Member of Parliament in May 2017.