When the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine was named twice by CNN and The Times as the COVID-19 hero, supporters with allegiance to Yoweri Museveni decried the development and claimed the western powers have an agenda in Uganda.
But how will these NRM loyalists sustain that debate when they do not even see obvious things like repatriating Ugandans as an essentiality. Well, in the Tuesday debate at parliament, Bobi Wine tabled his motion to the flow of parliament and urged the speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to look into the matter. The pragmatic leader referred to Kenya which just repatriated over 500 of her citizens about three days back. “Madam Speaker, when I talked about repatriating Ugandans from China where they are suffering, the government blocked my efforts,” said Bobi. “I did not even want a single coin from the government. I wrote to the office of the Prime Minister notifying him of our collected efforts to bring our people back. I and my friends just wanted Uganda to be the host country,” he added.
Surprisingly, while Bobi Wine was delivering his patriotic address, a section of NRM MPs under the influence of Nankabirwa’s bribe were busy booing and heckling at the Kyadondo East MP. The same NRM MPs who’ve been in politics for decades do not mind about the plight of suffering Ugandans in the diaspora. In the exclusive interview Mr. Museveni had with NBS, he boldly maintained his stand that none of the stuck citizens was to be repatriated. “Stay wherever this virus found you. The government of Uganda has no plans of repatriating anyone,” said Museveni.
Among the stuck Ugandans is the 2015 BET Award winner, Eddy Kenzo who remains stranded in the Ivory Coast. The singer has on several accounts tried soliciting for a private state arranged return but all in vain. He is not alone in this strive. Thousands of Ugandans are still stuck in China where they have to endure with the looming xenophobia manned and reportedly backed by the Beijing regime.