Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has launched the Red Beret Week which will run from Monday up to the end of week. The red beret symbolises resistance against injustice and oppression and many of the people power leaders and supporters always appear in public wearing it.
Bobi Wine said that they are doing this to encourage all Ugandans to understand that they have a right to freely express themselves as guaranteed by the Constitution. He added that many comrades had been arrested and harassed by some elements within security services for wearing these berets and that they must break the fear to do what is right.
Bobi Wine also used the event held in Kamwokya to lash out at politicians from other political parties who are using the platform of his People Power movement gain mileage. A tough talking Bobi Wine said he is tired of political hypocrites whom he said joined the people power movement to promote their own political parties and political careers. “If you come to people power, you must leave your political party affiliation at your home,” he said.
Bobi Wine’s remarks came on the backdrop of attacks from DP president Norbert Mao who described people power as just a group of people following a celebrity. Recently, NRM rebel MP Barnabas Tinkasimire openly stated that he was still a staunch NRM leader and would even stand on NRM ticket in any future election, although he is the coordinator of People Power for greater Bunyoro.
Bobi Wine also warned against using tribalism in their political mission, saying that tribalism is not part of People Power. The launch was held in Kamwokya near Bobi Wine’s Firebase studios. It was attended by many donned in red berets.