Bobi Wine Paralyzes Arua Where He Survived Being Killed by Museveni’s Guards

Presidential nominee, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine being received in Arua.

Presidential nominee, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, has today paralyzed Arua City where two years ago, survived being killed by President Yoweri Museveni’s protection guards, the Special Forces Command –SFC.

Bobi Wine, while campaigning for Kassiano Wadri, for then Arua Municipality by-election, was targeted by SFC which ended up shooting and killing his 40-year-old driver, Yassin Kawuma, who was seated in his Tundura vehicle.

Arua Municipality fell vacant after the area legislator, Rtd Col Ibrahim Abiriga, had been assassinated alongside his bodyguard on June 8. Col Abiriga met his death near his Kawanda home, in Wakiso District and to date his killers have never been arrested.

Museveni guards raided a hotel in which Bobi Wine and his Mityana Municipality MP counterpart, Francis Zaake, were taking rest. SFC beat them up to the verge of death. Bobi Wine was airlifted to Makindye Military barracks half dead for treatment.

MP Zaake has never recovered from the injuries inflicted on him by SFC. To date, he walks limping and can hardly take a step without clutches. Bobi Wine, Zaake and 38 others will perhaps live to remember the night of August 13, 2018.

In August this year, Museveni applauded his SFC soldiers for ‘properly’ beating Bobi Wine and Zaake. It should be remembered that the regime trumped up charges of treason against Bobi Wine, Zaake and 38 others claiming that they stoned the head of state motorcade.

Arua locals today welcomed Bobi Wine in huge numbers and they could not be intimidated by military and police men that had been deployed in big numbers. Bobi Wine is a new player on political scene given to the fact that he became a member of parliament in 2017.

For long, Bobi Wine, who was only four years old when Museveni took over power in 1986, has been popularly known for his music even though he often sung about social injustices. But, ever since he shown interest in challenging Museveni, he has been subjected to all sorts of brutality by security agencies including banning his music shows.

It is not clear whether the crowds that triumphantly welcomed Bobi Wine will cast votes in his favour come January 14, 2021. Statistics of 2016, show Museveni won Arua yet his four-time challenger Dr Kizza Besigye who this time declined to be on the ballot had won the district in 2011. Apart from Bobi Wine, Museveni faces nine others most of who are equivalent to his children and grandchildren.