Tensions in Uganda are on the rise amid preparations for the general elections. Opposition parties have been battling unceasing brutality from the Ugandan police as they try to secure their way to the top. Endless reports have alleged that the incumbent President has been responsible for his opponents’ confrontations during their campaigns.
The incumbent President for Uganda has ruled the country for simultaneously 35 years, and apparently, he is still vying. However, the likes of Bobi Wine have risen to challenge his reign. By making this decision, all has not been well for him. The man claims he has been running away from mistreatment by the Ugandan police. He says that amid his campaigns, police always disrupt and disperse his supporters. This incident has not transpired once but rather often. Therefore, he has undergone so much, trying to transition the Ugandan government.
Bobi Wine Incites Protest Votes
During an interview with Africanews, Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, called on the Ugandans to vote in large numbers come the election day. He told the people that they were in the elections as a protest and, as such, would only accept credible results. However, he added that from the look of things, the exercise was far from credible. About 129 members of his campaign team have been in police custody for more than two weeks. Therefore, Bobi Wine feels the head of state is misusing his power to suppress his rivals. Hence his failure to uphold democracy because of his authoritative nature.
“We want this to be a protest. General Museveni has been killing people for protesting. Now we are going to protest by voting,” Wine remarked.
So far, reports assume President Museveni’s administration has its best interests at heart. This is because opposition parties intending to overthrow the incumbent President have become enemies of the state. As such, the government has been monitoring their campaigns and even banned them. For instance, Bobi Wine’s movement has always hit a brick wall. In some cases, some of his supporters have died while others sustained injuries as they try to escape police.
Bobi Wine and his supporters have experienced this often but instead kept pushing. Moreover, in late December, the news made rounds that President Museveni had promoted three army generals to top security posts. The opposition regards this move as a political maneuver by the President to intimidate the people ahead of voting day.
“Well, the state of civil and civil liberties and fundamental freedoms is non-existent. Uganda is a military dictatorship that has been posing as a democracy, ” Wine said while at his home in Kampala.
Moreover, the prominent opposition leader has also alleged that the Ugandan government was using the novel virus to its advantage. In that, the government banned political gatherings, restricting the opposition parties from conducting campaigns. Meanwhile, the ruling party ran its campaigns virtually. The banning of political meetings in towns affected opposition leaders like Wine. The latter reported that because of the regulations, he could not interact with his supporters in cities. In fact, the police arrested him in November and charged him for holding a public gathering amid the pandemic.
Amidst all the unjust acts, Boby Wine calls on the International community to arrest Museveni as he is the inciter of the unfairness. The opposition says the numerous conflicts that have been occurring began when he passed the presidential nominations. Therefore, he vows to fight for his people to the end.