For over a couple of decades now, Uganda’s political spheres have been defined by the bush war leaders. The regime machinery maintaining its grip of leadership through Yoweri Museveni on one hand versus the opposition led by Rtd. Col. Dr Kizza Besigye who was the former physician of the incumbent president. In the early 2000s, Dr Besigye’s rise was graced, embraced and blessed by legendary political leaders like Dr Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere and Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala.
He enjoyed massive popular support especially in the 2006 general elections when the then newly formed Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) which was formed by prominent politicians like Amanya Mushega granted his flag bearership in the next consecutive elections to the most recent one in 2016.
All this happened as an unpredictable liberator was being hatched by divine forces. Before Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine had thought of joining active politics, he was a mere Rastafarian dropping musical hits and club bangers that were welcomed on all mainstream airwaves of radio and TV stations.
His music was not just music
Bobi Wine’s music was educative and inspirational. It was a life changer for many youths since he sang about the main issues affecting Ugandans. Songs like ‘Tube bayonjo, ebibuuzo, obululu tebutwawula’ and so many others carried a life inspiring message that never left Ugandans the same way.
Bobi and Besigye relationship
It has always been a tight one on one kind of relationship. The duo have been friends since times. On record, Bobi Wine even declined peer pressure on participating in the ‘Tubonga naawe’ 2016 Museveni’s campaign song and maintained his loyalty to Dr Besigye.
Even in the election aftermath when Besigye was under house arrest, Bobi Wine frequented at his Kasangati residence and made a hit song ‘Situka tutambule’ to morale boost Besigye that he was never alone in the struggle.
Besigye-Bobi fall outs
In the 2017 Kyadondo East by-election, the newly political rising star tried lobbying for opposition support in the hotly contested Kyadondo seat. Unfortunately, all politicians declined to side with him. He however successfully defeated everyone including Dr Besigye who had supported FDC candidate, Apollo Katinti.
The relationship started facing loopholes. Bobi Wine’s popularity rose wildly than ever before. He became endeared among the people and some political parties started using his popularity to fight their ‘rivals’ especially Dr Besigye and FDC.
At some point, Bobi Wine while appearing before a DP presser was quoted disputing Besigye’s election perception of thinking a ballot can’t oust the dictator. “You cannot tell us this when you’re the same person who has contested for more than four times and lost in the same election you’re disputing”, Bobi Wine said.
Dr Besigye was also earlier against the Ffuna Ndagamuntu campaign as he oftenly maintained that it wasn’t a force to scare Mr Museveni.
In the Arua by-election, Dr Besigye suffered an embarrassment and stormed away from the rally when Bobi Wine passed close with his procession which marched off with all the people Besigye had on his rally. The masses followed Bobi Wine who was playing loud music on his drive.
End of the feud
The two, however, signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) which was witnessed by Joel Ssenyonyi on behalf of the People Power and Betty Nambooze on behalf of the People’s Government.
Forces joining at last
What Ugandans have been awaiting was the union of the two comrades. (Dr. Besigye and Bobi Wine) The Hoima byelection has turned out a blessing in disguise as the two united forces to rally behind Nyakato Asinasi as the area woman MP hopeful.
Dr Besigye and Bobi Wine were spotted exchanging moments and happily combed their procession through Hoima town amid hordes of people who attended in thousands. If this momentum is maintained, it is evident that Mr Museveni will have no choice but peacefully handover power to the opposition choice. ( Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine)