Kampala, (UG): IN a controversial BBC interview clip that has already gone viral, the National Unity Platform (NUP) President, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has come under fire from activists for going cagey on the recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Bobi Wine, earlier this week travelled to the United Kingdom after London lifted the travel ban against him. The musician-turned-politician had been excluded by the UK’s Home Office on the basis of the anti-gay lyrics in a song he released in 2014, urging the public to “shoot all the battymen.”
Bobi’s international lawyers and Human rights activists quickly piled pressure on the Home Office to allow Bobi travel to the UK, saying he had apologised for the anti-gay lyrics words in his song and that he had spent years advocating for the rights of LGBTQ people.
Upon arrival in London on Thursday, Bobi appeared on UK broadcaster, BBC where he was asked to make his position on LGBT clear to the world.
Bobi said, “I wrote the lyrics and sang them. I took responsibility. Certainly, We grow and transform. I have always mentioned that I am a product of very many second chances. I wanna be known as a leader who is respectful and inclusive of everybody,” Kyagulanyi said, adding; “of course this is now the same thing. I’m tussling it out with General Museveni who deliberately sponsored the law.”
“He [Museveni] didn’t bring it in the interests of the people of Uganda – but to target the opposition. He knows he can use it to crack down on anybody perceived to be friendly to that community,” he said.
Asked why his NUP MPs voted in favour of the law in its entirety, Bobi Wine noted: “Sure, in my party, I have MPs that are working with Gen Museveni.”
When pressed to explain if he supported or opposed the law, Bobi observed: “It was brought targeting the opposition and that means that anything I say about the law not only puts me or my family in harm’s way.”
The BCC host further asked whether he would repeal the Anti-Homsexuality Law if he became president of Uganda, Bobi Wine responded: “I would be very cautious because I know it was largely targeting the opposition, mainly myself.”
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The NUP leader is in the UK to help promote a new film called Bobi Wine: Ghetto President, which charts his rise from a Kampala slum to take on one of Africa’s longest-standing autocracies.
Part of the new film, which will be released this year, is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Sharp and focuses on alleged election malpractices in Uganda.
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