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Uganda: Bobi Wine to Museveni – My Supporters Are Not Fools

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Uganda: Bobi Wine to Museveni - My Supporters Are Not Fools

“I sympathize with President Museveni for calling my supporters fools,” National Unity Platform [NUP] presidential candidate Mr Robert Kyagulanyi said Sunday, just a day after incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said, “Kyagulanyi has fools who are backing him for presidency.”

Mr Museveni, whose administration has been at the helm of Uganda’s leadership for more than three decades has continuously used his campaigns to lash out at foreigners who he says are ignorant about “matters of Uganda.”

“Amongst the fools supporting Bobi Wine are the Europeans. They became fools long time ago. I also know the fools supporting him within Uganda,” Mr Museveni told National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders and flag bearers during his campaign meeting in Hoima City on Saturday.

While on his campaign trail at Ruhindi, Mbarara City, the Kyadondo East MP responded saying: “It is dangerous and saddening to have a president that still thinks, reasons and acts like Mr Museveni.”

“President Museveni himself said that when you get so old, you damage parts of your body. Museveni is tired and that is why we the youth want to retire him peacefully. Our supporters are not fools; they want change,” he added.

“For Museveni to get people on his side, he either coerces or bribes them but money won’t solve all our problems. Bribery does not put medicines in hospitals or pay medical workers or security people. Besides, he won’t be able to buy all the people,” the musician turned politician added.

‘Dictator’ against ‘foreign backed forces’

With just days left to the January 14 presidential poll, the verbal exchange between the two political foes is not just picking but also peaking.

Glaring scenes of verbal confrontation have been reported in the media with Bobi Wine branding Mr Museveni, a “dictator”.

“President Museveni is the last dictator in Uganda. Presidents should rule for at least two terms. We are removing a dictator,” Bobi Wine told a gathering while campaigning in Rubirizi district, December 19, also vowing to restore term limits- should he assume the country’s most prestigious office.

The ruling NRM party has on the other end constantly pushed the agenda that Bobi Wine’s political activities and intentions have been largely funded by ‘foreign opportunists’ that “deliberately want to destroy Uganda by putting it in the hands of criminals”.