Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine: ‘Museveni will end up in the dustbin of history’

In an interview with Jowharof South Africa, Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said he was “definitely the president-elect of Uganda.” Wine, who ran unsuccessfully for the country’s highest post in January, accused President Yoweri Museveni of “mass murder” and called on the Ugandan people to “free themselves” from a “dictatorship.” Comparing Museveni to the overthrown dictators Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir and Muammar Gaddafi, Wine predicted that it was “only a matter of time” before the president “ends up in the dustbin of history.”

The leader of the Uganda National Unity platform, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known by his stage name Bobi Wine, told Jowharthat he was the real winner of the presidential elections in January. He criticized Western countries and the African Union for their lukewarm reaction to what he describes as a fraudulent poll. He claimed that Yoweri Museveni was afraid of the Ugandan people, especially the younger generation.

The opposition leader said he rejected a recent offer from Museveni for dialogue, emphasizing that the “focus of the president’s dialogue has been coercion or co-optation, but not actual dialogue.”

In reaction to Museveni saying that those responsible for the killings of protesters during the last elections would be prosecuted, Wine called this move “hypocritical” and claimed that the president’s eldest son, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, was the main culprit of the repression. The Ugandan opposition leader added that it was clear that Museveni’s son was being groomed to succeed him and turn Uganda into a dynasty.

Wine described Museveni’s decision to temporarily host Afghan refugees on Ugandan soil as a move to “clean up his image” internationally after the controversial elections. He promised to use all “legal and moral” means to oust Museveni from power, claiming that the president will end up “in the dustbin of history”, following other dictators such as Omar al-Bashir or Robert Mugabe.

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