Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Uganda’s youthful lawmaker and the government of his country are trading accusations of plans to attacks each other tomorrow Thursday, as the Member of Parliament returns to Kampala from the U.S.
Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine ends his visit to the U.S. on Thursday after a medical treatment for injuries he apparently sustained from torture while in jail in Uganda last month.
Yesterday, Tuesday, Bobi Wine opened the pandora box in the U.S. when he posted a video on his Facebook responding to his detractors and insisting that he was returning « to continue the struggle for a better Uganda ».
He also told the Washington Post that freedom has never been so close in Uganda.
He said: « the people we are scared of are actually very scared of us. They don’t know how to deal with a united group of young people.
“People Power (Boby Wine’s movement) is not about Bobi Wine but all the people struggling to have a better country, Bobi Wine said, adding that “I’m only just one of the more 40 Million Ugandans that continue to suffer. We’re not a group of violent people. We despise violence and are not associated with violent whatsoever.
He accused the government of planning attacks against him on his way home from the Entebbe airport outside in Kampala.
“I know they will plant many criminals among us (as he leaves the Kampala airport) to throw stones and they (police) respond to us with bullets. I also have information that they have printed many red T-shirts with the word ‘People Power – his movement) so that they can send out those criminals to cause chaos and later on blaming it on us,” he said.
It is ostensibly in reaction to those statements, that the Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo said a police escort would take him up to his destination in line with the security measures provided to people of his profile.
But Police spokesman Emilian Kayima warned that his department would not tolerate any unlawful rallies, processions, and assemblies, insisting that any activity that entails a public gathering must be in conformity with the provisions of Public Order Management Act.
He insinuated Bobi Wine’s supporters across the country would mobilize different groups wearing red T-Shirts and to carry posters in processions and assemblies that could potentially degenerate into chaos as the lawmaker heads home from the airport.
The government had persistently accused opposition supporters of being violent, citing the alleged attack on the president’s convoy in Arua which culminated in the chaos that led to the killing, arrests, and torture of legislators including Bobi Wine.
President Yoweri Museveni, 74, seized power in 1986 at the head of armed guerrilla fighters after a five-year bush war to topple the military government of Gen. Tito Okello.
© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)