The Newly elected Mayor of Boston city in USA has assured Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, of support in his 2021 presidential bid.
Addressing People Power Movement supporters who were attending the fundraising dinner, Ms. Jeanette McCarthy, said Bobi Wine’s courage would deliver Uganda to a peaceful transfer of power in 2021.
“It begins with courageous people when there is injustice that is what everyone is looking for in Uganda because democracy in that country is not so good. It is always said that absolute democracy works absolutely in many states and I can assure Mr. Wine that USA will give you support,” Ms. McCarthy said.
Her speech left the Ugandan Government in Panic since they are not sure whether she was speaking on behalf of the US government. In response to Ms. McCarthy’s statement, the deputy executive director of the government media center, Col. Shaban Bantariza, said such support is useless because Bobi Wine’s absolute support has to come from Uganda, not from foreigners.
“That is nonsense. Tell that mayor that Bobi Wine’s constituency is in Uganda. How can her comment affect the voters in Uganda who are going to choose their leaders? USA should know that we don’t need their help whatsoever,” he said.
Bobi Wine and team are currently on a fundraising drive across the US where he is meeting Ugandans living in the diaspora to raise finances ahead of the 2021 General Elections in which he will be challenging President Museveni.
A month ago during an interview with BBC Newsday’s Alan Kasujja at State House, President Museveni described Bobi Wine as an “enemy of progress in Uganda” using “foreigners to wage war on the country’s prosperity.” He said Bobi Wine had gone to the USA and dissuaded Americans from investing in Uganda.
During the Boston Fundraising dinner, Bobi Wine talked about a range of issues which he says compelled him to run against Mr. Museveni citing poor education, bad health services, lack of the rule of law and continued injustice, among others.
During the dinner, one of the attendees, Prof Milton Allimadi, a Ugandan living in the US, said he had been following the injustices in Uganda and condemned the raid on the students of Makerere University during the protests against fees increment.
“I call all universities in the world to protest against this injustice because an attack on one student is an attack on all students. We know that Bobi Wine will deliver the democracy that we are looking for,” Prof Allimadi said.
Bobi Wine noted that the People Power Movement is not going to international agencies and foreign governments for support but they will run to Ugandans in the diaspora to help fund the cause because the time has come for Uganda to have a locally funded Election to uproot Museveni.
On November 16 and November 17, he is expected to meet Ugandans in Seattle and San Francisco, respectively.