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Bobi Wine: Yoweri Museveni worse than Idi Amin

Robert Kyagulanyi, famously known as Bobi Wine which is his stage name, has described President Yoweri Museveni as one drunk with power worst than Idi Amin.

Idi Amin was a Ugandan politician and military officer. He was the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Amin was born either in Koboko or Kampala to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother. In 1946 he joined the King’s African Rifles of the British Colonial Army.

In an interview on Citizen Television on Wednesday night, he said he believes the Ugandan president’s mind has been corrupted by those who surround him since they shower him with empty praise.

According to Mr Kyagulanyi, institutions and leadership in his country are failing because the people who surround Mr Museveni are his relatives and tribesmen.

“It has been said before that power corrupts, absolutely, I believe he is drunk with power. He has been convinced by those who surround him that he is a god of sorts,” said Mr Kyagulanyi.

“We want a servant leader and not a ‘boss leader’. Let’s us give power to the people to choose and unchoose that president,” Bobi Wine said in a show dubbed “JKLive”.

Mr Kyagulanyi went even further, claiming Mr Museveni is worse than the late dictator Idi Amin Dada, who has been blamed for massacring many Ugandans while in power from 1971-1979.

“I did not see Idi Amin but I think Museveni is worse; he has misruled us longer than Idi Amin and he has messed up everything that Amin did; Idi Amin was a dictator but he did not destroy the infrastructure, he did not condone corruption,” Bobi said.

Even though he has recently come out publicly to protest against Mr Museveni, he is aware that those who have tried that before have suffered their own share of brutality.

“I knew that many other people who even dared to speak out against Museveni, many of them are long buried, and many of them are suffering in incarceration, and yes, people like Dr. Kizza Besigye and other opposition leaders have had their fair share of brutalization.

“But I am also convinced that oppressed people cannot be oppressed forever, president Museveni was once not in power and was speaking exactly like I am speaking and president Obote always dismissed him, Obote is not president anymore.

I believe there is going to be a time Museveni is not president anymore. I am convinced that we are so many people that think alike. We are so many people that have resolved to get their freedom and that is what we want and we are not going to settle for anything less. So regardless of the fear, regardless of the brutalization, we are not going to relent.”

Host: There are echoes of Zimbabwe happening in your country, do you think it is going to end the same way?

Bobi Wine: I would be very glad if it ended better in our home. Yoweri Museveni was on the right course before he got consumed with the effects of absolute power. What we desire to see is a president that will not be scared to live in his country after he relinquishes power. We want to talk to our president nicely but if he insists on being stubborn we intend to push him nicely.

Host: You still have a lot of respect for this man (Museveni), don’t you?

Bobi Wine: I do; I’m an African man and I respect age but again I know that people are supposed to give their contributions in their prime days.

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