Jinja: Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, widely known as Bobi Wine and the leader of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP), has initiated a countrywide tour with the aim of promoting the party’s ideologies and strengthening its grassroots structures in preparation for the 2026 general elections. Beginning with districts in the western region, including Mbarara, Kasese, Fort Portal, and Kabale, the former presidential candidate has hosted successful rallies, drawing hundreds of supporters.
According to his tour itinerary, the Getto Gladiator is scheduled to visit the Eastern region next week, commencing with Mayuge district on Monday, September 4. His tour will then take him to Busia district and eventually to Mbale, where he will be based while visiting various parts of the country.
Speaking to journalists on Friday at the NUP regional offices on Nizamu Road in Jinja city, Moses Bigirwa, the head of mobilization for the NUP in the Eastern region, explained that preparations for the leader’s visit are in their final stages, with all necessary procedures being completed. Bigirwa noted that NUP leaders in the region are diligently fulfilling their responsibilities of mobilizing the masses for what he described as a “wake-up call.”
Drawing from the success of the rallies in the western region, Bigirwa expressed confidence that the Mayuge mass meeting would proceed without police interference, citing positive security clearance obtained from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) through the party secretariat. He called for a massive turnout as Bobi Wine outlines his next steps following his defeat in the 2021 presidential polls.
Busoga NUP coordinator Bamu Lullenzi, who also serves as the mayor of Iganga municipality, stressed the importance of maintaining peace and adhering to traffic guidelines among supporters. He criticized security operatives, alleging unprofessional conduct and favoritism-seeking behaviors from the president as sources of instability.
Manjeri Kyebakutika, the Jinja City woman legislator for NUP, emphasized the need for unity among opposition political parties, asserting that it is the key factor in bringing about change and unseating President Museveni, who has been in power in Uganda for nearly four decades.
Busoga was one of the regions in Uganda where Kyagulanyi garnered significant support in his presidential campaign. During his activities in Mayuge on Monday, the NUP leader is expected to officially introduce former Bunya East MP Waira Kyewarabye Majegere and former Bunya South MP Robert Ntende, who recently announced their move to NUP from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).