Kyadondo East legislator and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine officially presented his 2021 presidential bid yesterday to Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga.
Kyagulanyi arrived at Bulange Mengo on Wednesday amidst crowds and police firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse some of his supporters. He entered into a closed door meeting with the Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister and officials from the Mengo government.
Katikkiro Mayiga later hosted him and his entourage in an open air session where they addressed the media.
In his speech, Kyagulanyi officially presented his presidential bid and asked for support from the Buganda Kingdom.
Kyagulanyi said, “Owekitibwa Katikkiro, although my team and I have told you about this, I would like to officially present my 2021 presidential ambitions and ask for your blessings so that I leave this place with them.”
After the visit, presidential hopeful Kyagulanyi could not wait for to give the good news to his supporters about his discussions with the kingdom prime Minister who revealed that they welcome all politicians as long as they respect the Kabaka.
Its worth noting that the last time the katikkiro hosted the NRM delegates last month, he immediately came out to clarify that the kingdom was not rallying behind any presidential candidate ahead of the general elections, but this time round he did not give any communication of a sort, and this has left many wondering on whether the Katikkiro has endorsed Bobi Wine or not, we are yet to find out.
”Let me take this opportunity to appreciate Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom for hosting us yesterday at Bulange, Mengo. For the longest time I was known as ‘Omubanda wa Kabaka’ because of the deep respect I have for tradition and culture, and it is always such a pleasure for me to visit the Kingdom. I encourage all Ugandans, especially the young generation, to always find pleasure in our respective cultures and traditions as the foundation of our society. We had very fruitful deliberations.”
”I also thank all of you friends who turned up in very large numbers to accompany us, regardless of the intimidation and violence meted out on us.”
”It is very unfortunate that right after the leadership of the police had just left Bulange to apologise for using excessive force against Mbogo Clan elders on the weekend, the same police and the military used the same brute force against our people, leaving several of them injured. We shall certainly overcome!” Bobi Wine posted on his Facebook.
Kyagulanyi said that in Buganda, when one was going out for war, they usually asked for blessings from the king before going to conquer territories and that is why he came to seek for the kingdom’s blessings ahead of the 2021 general elections.
Kyagulanyi also reported to Katikkiro Mayiga acts of police brutality towards his supporters and members of the Mbogo clan where he hails from.
In his speech, Katikkiro Mayiga said that Buganda welcomes people of all religious and political aspirations as long as they respect the Kabaka.
“Recently, we hosted members of the NRM and several other members of other parties will also be here soon. Buganda welcomes everyone.”
Mayiga urged Kyagulanyi to exercise due diligence and preach the gospel of peace in his campaigns leading to the 2021 election.
Mayiga also asked the government and media houses to give equal coverage to all contestants.