Popular Uganda dancehall artiste-cum-politician Robert Kyagulanyi famously known as Bobi Wine is now being targeted by alleged government assassins.
Bobi Wine was among Ugandan MPs embroiled in a melee in parliament following a move by president Yuweri Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) party to scrap the presidential age limit.
Uganda’s constitution currently bans anyone over 75 years from becoming president, this stops Museveni, now aged 73, from standing for elections scheduled in 2021. Museveni’s party is determined to overrule the constitution just like they did in 2005 when they removed two-term limit to allow the incumbent to vie for a third term.
Uganda’s opposition parties have stood united in a bid to block Museveni, who has been president of Uganda since 29 January 1986, from becoming president for life. That explains the drama in parliament.
Museveni is known for dealing with his opponents with an iron fist. Bobi Wine is feeling the heat for opposing the president, grenades were thrown at his house and another opposition MP’s ( Allan Ssewanyana) home.
“GRENADES have for the second time in two days been thrown at my house and exploded. Property damaged and no one hurt! But what kind of country are we now living in?
I had decided to ignore the blasts and these threats, but it seems they are now getting real.
Let me announce to the whole world that these past days I have been receiving death threats on an almost daily basis. I have also been advised by some friends who know more than I know that I should be very careful what I eat or drink, how I drive and from where, whom I meet, even who touches me while I go to Parliament. Apparently something could be done to me during the kind of scuffle that happened when state agents invaded the Parliamentary chamber!
Reason? Opposing the removal of age limits in the Constitution! Anonymous calls targeting not only me but my family as well. I have been told that ‘if I don’t leave that thing a lone, I will just be terminated or disabled.’
These are cowardly acts which must be condemned by all people of good conscience. We are not involved in war. We are just citizens who are interested in a good country for ourselves and the generations to come. WE SHALL NOT BE INTIMIDATED. Let them know that NOTHING can stop an idea whose time has come. If you kill one me, perhaps a thousand more will rise up. The world is watching!” Wrote Boni Wine on Facebook.
Allan Ssewanyana shared photos of the aftermath of grenade attack at his home on Facebook. See the screenshots below: