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Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader: “Museveni will fall into the dungeons of history”

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In an interview with France 24, Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said he was the rightful president of Uganda. An unsuccessful candidate in the January presidential election, he accused President Yoweri Museveni of massacres and called on the Ugandan people to “free themselves” from a “dictatorship”. Bobi Wine predicted that it was “only a matter of time” before the president “fell into the dungeons of history,” “like other tyrants” before him.

The head of the Ugandan National Unity Platform, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – better known by his stage name Bobi Wine – told France 24 that he was the real winner in the January presidential election. He criticized Western countries and the African Union for their lukewarm reaction to what he describes as a fraudulent election. He claimed that President Yoweri Museveni was afraid of the Ugandan people, especially the younger generation.

The opposition leader said he rejected Yoweri Museveni’s recent outstretched hand, stressing that “the president’s approach to dialogue has been either coercion or co-option, but never real dialogue.”

Bobi Wine called the decision “hypocrites” Museveni’s words assuring that those responsible for the murders of demonstrators in the last elections would be prosecuted: according to Bobi Wine, the president’s eldest son, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, would be the main sponsor of repression. The Ugandan opposition leader added that it was clear that President Museveni was preparing his son for his own succession, thus seeking to make Uganda a dynasty.

Bobi Wine reads in Museveni’s announcement to temporarily welcome Afghan refugees to Uganda a measure intended to polish his image internationally, after a controversial election. The Ugandan opponent has pledged to use all “legal and moral” means to oust Museveni from power, saying the president would eventually fall “into the dungeons of history”, in the wake of other deposed dictators like Omar al-Bashir, Robert Mugabe, or Mouammar Kadhafi.

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