In his BBC interview last week, Bobi Wine castigated the Parliament of Uganda for passing the very punitive law gagging gay rights in Uganda and insinuated that MPs must have been compromised to serve the interests of Gen YK Museveni while putting him (Bobi) in political problems. The Wine speech was widely understood to be exposing chief bill mover Asuman Basalirwa who this Tuesday afternoon was given opportunity to explain himself on claims that money exchanged hands.
However, Basalirwa (whose Secretary General Mohammed Kateregga has already publicly called out Bobi) was found wanting when he declined to directly respond to Kyagulanyi (whose social media army was waiting to devour him) and instead pretended to be defending Muslims properties which are on the verge of being confiscated including the Old Kampala Mosque named after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafy. He curiously demanded that government explains what it intends to do to protect the impugned Muslim properties whose impending takeover by a private businessman could ignite religious and political violence in the country. The Speaker, Anita Among, tried to prevent him on grounds the matter is in court and can potentially be subjudice. Yusuf Nsibambi rose up and defended the speaker while claiming the matter is too sensitive to be discussed in plenary.
Medard Segona (who Speaker referred to as dad) rubbished Nsibambi’s view asserting it’s only the Speaker who can decide what is subjudice or not. Basalirwa responded by saying he was constrained to respectfully disagree with the false narrative as propagated by Nsibambi. In the end, Rukia Nakaddama, the deputy premier leading the government side, promised to prepare a statement and abreast Parliament in the coming days. It was then that Asuman Basalirwa backed off and the matter was put to rest.
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But before all this, Anita Among had disparaged Bobi Wine for what she called reckless talk he engaged in while in London. She made it clear that whereas it’s possible Bobi Wine might be bribable, the opposition MPs Mathias Mpuuga leads are people of high integrity and not capable of being bribed by anyone. That the passing of the anti-gay law, which Bobi addressed on BBC, was in response to public demand and that the mover Basalirwa and his seconder were all from the opposition side. Among bashed Kyagulanyi as merely being excited with the UK visa he got and the ‘handouts’ he was expecting this being his first time to be permitted into London in the last 10 years.
She said many other things in a bid to illustrate the extent to which her Parliament is incorruptible. She also advised Mpuuga not to bother responding to the Kyagulanyi claims but merely treat the same with the contempt it deserves. Many thought Basalirwa wanted to say something disputing what Kyagulanyi (on whose back he famously rode to become MP in 2018) said but he declined and preferred to discuss the UMSC Muslim properties issue.
Instead, Among was corroborated by Kisoro MP Eddie Kwizera and Minister Jacob Oboth Oboth who demanded that Kyagulanyi be sanctioned for betraying the people of Uganda through that BBC interview. They both demanded that Kyagulanyi, being a leader of a political party, has a duty to promote the interests of Uganda, including defending the image of Parliament, whenever he gets an opportunity to speak on the international media platforms. The duo explained that the wide international media publicity Kyagulanyi attracted in London had left many supporters of the ruling government in Uganda feeling insulted, undermined and humiliated. The duo said they expected all members of parliament including NUP ones, to feel deflated and vigorously push back against what Kyagulanyi said about them in London.
While suggesting Parliament leaves that matter, Among asserted that Bobi Wine should be ignored because this is someone who became excited on finding himself “in corridors of London because he wants to get cheap popularity and handouts.” That she expected him to know that Asuman Basalirwa who brought the bill is a fellow opposition leader of a political party with a lot of integrity and therefore incapable of being bribed.
“I’m here to make it clear that these are members of opposition led by Mathias Mpuuga and they aren’t working for President Museveni but serving the interests of Ugandans and not out to seek cheap popularity. We are all here and the only member who is on record voting against this bill is Fox Odoi and if he [Bobi Wine] is compromised, that is his business and our MPs have a name to protect unlike him,” Anita Among said.
And ironically, none of the opposition MPs present had guts to stand up to defend and clear the name of Bobi Wine, their king maker, who they claim to love very much as they go seeking votes to secure their reelection in 2026! In their hundreds, the pro-NUP foot soldiers following the debate on Parliament’s own YouTube channel, took note of this failure to defend the Principal and vowed to make such indolent NUP MPs regret their omission someday. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at email@example.com).