Vocal Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi, famously known as Bobi Wine, has described President Yoweri Museveni as a leader drunk with power and also a worse leader than the late dictator Idi Amin Dada, a man accused of killings during his reign from 1971-1979.

Bobi Wine during the interview

In an interview on Citizen Television on Wednesday night, Bobi Wine said he believes the Ugandan president’s mind has been corrupted by those who surround him since they shower him with empty praise.

According to him, institutions and leadership in his country are failing because the people who surround Mr Museveni are his relatives and tribesmen.

“It has been said before that power corrupts, absolutely. I believe he is drunk with power. He has been convinced by those who surround him that he is a god of sorts,” said Mr Kyagulanyi.

And when asked by presenter Jeff Koinange during the live interview on the kind of advice he would give him, he asked President Museveni to be true to his words and people.

Even though he has recently come out publicly to protest against Mr Museveni, he is aware that those who have tried that before have suffered their own share of brutality.

The lawmaker expressed confidence that the situation would change since Mr Museveni will not remain in power forever.

“Freedom comes to those who fight, not those who cry. The more you cry, the more your people continue to die. So rise (up) and defend your rights,” said Mr Kyagulanyi.

In August, he was accused by Museveni’s administration of attacking his convoy in Arua, sparking chaos that led to his arrest and detention.

He travelled to the United States for specialised treatment from torture injuries sustained during the detention period.

 

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