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‘I did not fight in Luweero for Kyagulanyi to be president’ – Otafiire

The Minister for East African Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire has urged National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi to continue “singing and dancing” adding that he did not fight in the bush (1980-86) for the musician turned politician to lead Uganda.

According to the Minister, the presidency is not an entertainment contest but a presidential race.

Speaking at St Kaggwa Primary School playgrounds in Bushenyi District ahead of President Museveni’s campaign meeting on Tuesday, Gen Otafiire said he did not join the Bush War to be led by Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine.

“I like Kyagulanyi’s songs, but Kyagulanyi can’t lead me. I did not fight in Luweero for Kyagulanyi to lead me. We went to Luweero and fought, then now you tell me to be ruled by Kyagulanyi! No! Can he take us anywhere?” the NRM’s Ruhinda County MP flag  bearer made the remarks at St Kaggwa primary school grounds in Bushenyi District where president Museveni who is also the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party presidential candidate was Tuesday meeting party members as he canvasses for votes in Greater Bushenyi ahead of 2021 general election.

“We will not hand over power to anyone threatening violence,” Gen Otafiire added.

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This is the umpteenth time that Gen Otafiire downplays Bobi Wine’s chances of becoming president.

While appearing NBS Television’s Thursday night political show dubbed NBS Frontline last year, Otafiire said that the Kyadondo East legislator is only good at sloganeering and can’t be trusted with power.

Otafiire said that Bobi Wine has never been tested politically and there is need to way him before putting him on the ‘steering wheel’.

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“I don’t think Bobi Wine’s popularity is due to his political arguments. It is because of music and what he has been doing is sloganeering. Before we put Bobi Wine on the steering wheel, we must weigh him. There is time for excitement in politics and time for thoughts,” Otafiire noted.

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