Mayuge: Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the president of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP), commonly known as Bobi Wine, made a powerful impact during his visit to Mayuge district in Busoga on Monday as part of his nationwide tour. Kyagulanyi ‘s tour aims to promote and strengthen the grassroots structures of his political party in preparation for the 2026 general elections.
Thousands of supporters, along with Busoga NUP leaders and party officials, enthusiastically welcomed their principal with massive cheers as they toured Mayuge district. He inaugurated the NUP district offices in Mayuge town council before proceeding to Bwondha Primary School in Bwondha sub-county, where the main mass gathering took place.
Addressing his supporters, the former presidential candidate emphasized that the campaign is not about seeking votes but rather about informing and awakening Ugandans about their rights and responsibilities in choosing their leaders. He told Mayuge residents that President Museveni is in power illegitimately after allegedly rigging the 2021 general elections.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu attributes the success of his rallies to his petition in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Museveni and his son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, accusing them of human rights abuses and the torture of political opponents. He claims that this move has limited the commander-in-chief’s ability to instruct security operatives to interfere with NUP political activities, which are constitutional. He also stated that western countries have ceased funding the “Museveni government,” which had been used to purchase security weapons for the alleged torture of Ugandans.
Kyagulanyi touched on the issue of poverty in Busoga, attributing it to Uganda’s highest authority, whom he accuses of monopolizing wealth with his family. He mentioned minerals, land, electricity, and lakes, which he claimed were seized by the army and used to subject fishermen to torture, resulting in loss of life. He pledged to return these resources to the local population if he successfully comes to power.
According to John Baptist Nambeshe, the NUP vice president of the Eastern region, Busoga is the most supportive region in the country, with massive support for NUP. He stated that they are committed to strengthening the party by attracting renowned politicians who will advocate for change. Bobi Wine officially welcomed former Bunya East MP Waira Kyewarabye Majegere and Robert Ntende of Bunya South, who recently switched from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).