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Bobi Wine speaks out on Besigye attack by alleged People Power activists

Old buddies. Bobi Wine (L) plays the guitar at a visit to Besigye’s home. COURTESY/FILE PHOTO

Bobi Wine has come out to address an attack made on Dr Kizza Besigye on Saturday. The FDC stalwart was attacked by a mob on Saturday afternoon as he made his way to his vehicle after a talk show on CBS FM.

He was rounded up at Bulange Mengo by a rowdy crowd chanting ‘People Power’.
However, Kyadondo East MP Bobi Wine has said that this is a malicious ploy aimed at tarnishing his People Power movement’s image.

Bobi Wine made a statement noting that People Power is a non-violent movement and could have never taken part in such.

Read his full statement here:

I have learnt that a group of people gathered outside CBS radio station earlier today, and heckled Dr. Kizza Besigye as he left the studio. Apparently, most of these people were chanting the #People_Power slogan. This is regrettable.

First of all, as I have always said, the #People_Power movement is a non-violent movement. We do not condone acts of violence against anyone. Let me once again implore all our supporters across the country to understand this and put it into practice.

Secondly, we believe in the unity of all forces of change in Uganda. Dr. Kizza Besigye has been such a strong pillar for the forces of change- alongside other men and women who have made immense sacrifices for this struggle. Regardless of any real or perceived disagreements in the strategy or tactics of taking the struggle forward, all of us must treat each other with respect. We cannot be fighting amongst ourselves. We must shoot in the same goal.

Thirdly and finally, regarding this specific event, we are still trying to establish clear facts surrounding the incident. Those who have followed the politics of this country will understand that such stunts and machinations have in the past been stage-managed by the state and some other actors to achieve political objectives. Therefore, we are yet to come to a conclusion after fully investigating the incident. Should we find that some of the people involved genuinely belong to #People_Power, we shall take measures to fully address this.

On our part, we continue to engage all forces of change, including Comrade Dr. Besigye on how to take the struggle to the next phase. We shall not allow anything and anybody to distract us from this important mission. #WeMustStayFocused

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