The rise of the musician-cum politician, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has been explained differently by several key analysts in newspaper articles, books like ‘Face of Change’ by Shammah Benefits, music and other avenues among other things. Despite the differences between who says what about Bobi Wine, the most outstanding consistent observation is the fact that the 38 year old pop star has inspired a full generation into loving and taking part in the governance of their country.

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In the recent past, all political parties could not believe in the young people. They unanimously bore a stereotype that one could not take part in the politics of this country unless that person is either married or has established himself/herself financially with a business or a stable means of earning. Although Bobi started his life hustles at a much more tender age, he still appeals to the young generation and remains an inspiration to many as an example of rising from grass to grace. By the time he declared his parliamentary bid in 2017, Kyagulanyi was already leaving a comfortable celebrity life. In his park yard lied brand new shiny luxury cars. On record, Bobi was the first artiste in East Africa to import an Escalade vehicle in 2008. “But what could have compelled a man who led a life that other people adored, to step away from his riches to go and fight for the marginalised?,” one would curiously want to know. In an exclusive interview with The Observer paper, Bobi Wine clearly put it that he had joined the struggle to reward the suffering Ugandans who have been there for him in his musical journey. “The people supported my music, now is the time for me to support the people,” Bobi told The Observer.

His shot to parliament is a story the public has keenly followed and celebrated. He did not start the tenure of the 2016-2021 but came under a disputed byelection which he won with over 85% defeating the key political players that had dominated Ugandan politics since the return of multi party politics in 2006. Kyagulanyi’s success journey went on to culminate into a wave of change. He swept a string of by elections in different regions till Ugandans urged him to take on the 76 year NRA despot, Gen. Yoweri Museveni. Kyagulanyi responded to the calls of the people who wanted him to challenge Museveni on the ballot. He formed a wave dubbed People Power which United all young people of different political divides. It has just morphed into the National Unity Platform party and has apparently fronted over 380 MP aspirants, majority of whom are young people. This is a generation that Kyagulanyi has awaken from its deep slumber to entice them into challenging the status quo. He deserves all the credit there is to reward him.

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