Through its Government Chip Whip (GCW) Denis Hamson Obua, the ruling NRM has officially thanked Asuman Basalirwa and his JEEMA party for refusing to be cowed by Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi over their stand against homosexuality.
Speaking during the Wednesday plenary session of Parliament, Obua thanked Basalirwa’s little political party for calling out the NUP big man and demanded that it gets recorded in the records of Parliament that he, on behalf of the ruling NRM, saluted and commended JEEMA Secretary General Mohammed Kateregga for the courage and fearlessness with which he belled the cat by telling off Bobi Wine in his controversial letter which has since gone viral on social media.
As we reported earlier, Mohammed Kateregga personally hates Bobi Wine because the NUP President refused to support him to become Bukomansimbi MP in 2021 and EALA MP later on in 2022.
But Obua says the JEEMA Secretary General deserves support and encouragement for the principled pro-people stand he took against Bobi Wine whose attack on MPs while in London last week has since been disparaged by Parliament as an act of chauvinism and selfishness. On Wednesday, for the second day, Speaker Anita Among allowed and even encouraged leaders on the NRM side to continue attacking Bobi Wine simply because he expressed his views while in London in a manner that made Parliament feel deflated (yabalabisa).
Besides Obua, Chris Baryomunsi is another orator from the NRM side who the Speaker permitted on Wednesday to scorn and castigate Bobi Wine who until May 2021 was a member of the same August House. Obua went as far as celebrating Basalirwa for being firm, assertive and unrepentant on matters of the ordinary people, such as the anti-gay law he sponsored, even in the face of chauvinistic attacks from among NUP social media warriors who are out baying for his political blood.
Obua implied that Asuman Basalirwa and his SG Mohammed Kateregga shouldn’t worry about being politically isolated or crushed by NUP gangs because they can count on NRM for all the support they require to successfully and effectively push back against chauvinistic attacks by the NUP social media army and supporters. Even when many of them were present, as was the case on Tuesday, NUP MPs merely looked on as the NRM side went after their Party Principal who (outside Parliament) they keep opportunistically claiming to be ready to die for.
Whereas Obua assured them of continuous support and hospitality from the NRM camp claiming that Bobi Wine is clearly not interested in them anymore, Anita Among encouraged the NUP legislators (many of them this Thursday morning cheerfully travelled to Kigali for EAC games upon naturally being flagged off by the Speaker) to fearlessly disregarded Mr. Wine and carry on with their work of representing their people.
“Wama you are very good people as far as the leadership of Parliament is concerned. Just represent your people the way you have been doing. It’s them that you have to keep working for and not an individual [veiled reference to Bobi Wine],” the Speaker asserted as the NUP MPs, in their good numbers, comfortably looked on at the beginning of the Wednesday plenary.
Obua went on to make it clear that NRM is more than prepared to provide generous sanctuary to all politically vulnerable NUP MPs should Bobi Wine escalate his attacks on them including repeatedly portraying them as working for President Museveni like he did during his BBC interview while in London. Upto this point, none of the many NUP MPs present at the Wednesday plenary exhibited any appetite to contradict what the NRM side was saying clearly demonizing their party leader Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu.
It’s a public secret that actually, a good number of them are very contemptuous of Bobi Wine except that they still lack guts to publicly contradict him because of the ever growing support he enjoys in the population. It’s not surprising that one opposition MP had his audio leak some time back while privately discussing what he termed Bobi Wine’s inherent weaknesses as a leader. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).