In an interview with FRANCE 24 from South Africa, Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said he was “definitely Uganda’s elected president”. Wine, who unsuccessfully ran for president in January, accused President Yoweri Museveni of “mass murder” and called on the Ugandan people to “free themselves” from a “dictatorship”. Comparing Museveni to ousted dictators Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashirand Muammar Gaddafi, Wine predicted that it was “only a matter of time” before the president “ends up in the dustbin of history.”
Ugandan National Unity platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – better known by his stage name Bobi Wine – told FRANCE 24 that he was the real winner in the January presidential election. He criticized Western countries and the African Union for their lukewarm reaction to what he called a fraudulent poll. He claimed that Yoweri Museveni was afraid of the Ugandan people, especially the younger generation.
The opposition leader said he rejected a recent offer for a dialogue from Museveni, stressing that “the president’s approach to dialogue has been either coercion or co-option, but not real dialogue.”
Reacting to Museveni saying those responsible for the murders of protesters in the last election would be prosecuted, Wine called the move “hypocritical”, saying the president’s eldest son – Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba – was the main culprit in the repression. The Ugandan opposition leader added that it was clear that Museveni’s son was prepared to succeed him and make Uganda a dynasty.
Wine described Museveni’s decision to temporarily host Afghan refugees on Ugandan soil as a move to “clean up his image” internationally after the controversial election. “In the dustbin of history”, in the wake of other dictators like Omar al-Bashir or Robert Mugabe.
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