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Bobi Wine to 'win freedom fight or die trying'

Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has warned government that his 'People Power' movement will only get stronger and no amount of harassment, torture or brutality shall cower down Ugandans demanding for change. 

In an earlier interview with BBC, Bobi said now there's no turning back as the fight for freedom is a fight "we must either win or die trying." Bobi who is currently in Washington, USA for medical treatment addressed journalists at the National Press Club.

He was flanked by his international lawyer, Robert Amsterdam. Bobi said the press conference was organised against the advice of the doctors and family members but he needed to address the world about the continued harassment and torture of Ugandans.  

"Ugandans have always been wanting freedom, they have always been wanting to be the masters of their destiny. They’ve always wanted to live in a country where leaders are servants and the people are the true masters. And that is what we still advocate for. We advocate for people power which indeed is our power." said Bobi. 

"No amount of brutality, no amount of repression is going to cower us down. We swore to ourselves that we insist on the fight for freedom. I’m here for treatment and as soon my treatment is done, am going back home because Uganda is my home. Uganda is our home, we’ve never had and will never have another home and it is upon us to create a home that is good for us, our children and our children’s children." he added. 

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Bobi was arrested alongside 32 other suspects in Arua for allegedly stoning President Yoweri Museveni's vehicle on August 13. The suspects have since been charged with treason although Bobi was initially charged in a General Court Martial with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. The charges were later dropped. The MP claims he was severely tortured during arrest by the presidential guards, Special Forces Command (SFC) and also when he was under detention. 

Now, he said many of his supporters are being harassed by state operatives to force them to testify that the legislator is being funded by foreign agents. He cited some staff who work with an NGO owned by his wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi who were abducted recently. 

Itungo runs an NGO, Caring Hearts Uganda. The NGO started in 2012 operates in slum areas with the ghetto youths on issues of HIV/Aids, drug abuse and menstrual health. There have been claims from government officials that there are foreign forces behind Bobi Wine's much-hyped People Power movement.

Government officials have also revealed that a number of NGOs are being investigated for funding and coordinating spontaneous protests that sprawled across the country following arrest following allegations that he and other suspects had been tortured. 

Bobi said government agencies are forging evidence to link his People Power movement to foreign agents. During the press conference covered live by international media including Aljazeera and CNN among others, Bobi displayed his hands before the press showing signs of wounds resulting from torture. He claimed that it's a habit for Uganda security agencies to torture political opponents. 

"It is a habit for the Ugandan authority to torture people. Like I said, I’m not the first person to be tortured. We have seen people who have been brutalised even worse. You have seen the Muslim clerics that have been tortured. We have seen women that have been tortured and right now we have people that are rotting in hospitals out of torture…it us a privilege for me to even be able to access specialised treatment." said Bobi. 

Amsterdam argued that Museveni and not Bobi should be branded a foreign agent for serving America's interests in South Sudan and Somalia. He said Washington has kept a deaf ear on the torture inflicted on opposition politicians.  

"We have to find a way to derail Museveni’s regime to descend into terror and torture of their own. Comments have been made with people saying, well because he’s got an international lawyer then somehow there’s some foreign agent…There is no foreign agent involved. There is however something to know and that is that; the Museveni regime is a foreign agent of the American military with respect to its activities in Sudan, in Somalia."

Amsterdam promised to lobby for international investigations into torture of opposition politicians in Uganda. He also revealed that the press conference was organised against doctor's advice because Bobi can't afford to keep quiet at such a critical time. 

"We’re going to conduct an investigation into the deaths of other opponents of this regime…There is a long list of tragic activities which involve those who dare to speak out in Uganda. It is incredibly important for those who work with Bobi Wine to try to ensure his safety on his return to Uganda. We’re here [at presser] against medical advice because we know that every medical treatment he receives here will be negated by the treatment he receives there if they continue the ongoing [brutality]. We have to find a way to stop." said Amsterdam.  

Amsterdam asked the USA government to stop funding Uganda and "launch an investigation immediately into the use US donated military equipment to torture Ugandan citizens."

It has since emerged that the US government in 2014 provided the Special Forces Command $12m in military equipment including M4s - the same type of gun soldiers quelling riots have been seen carrying according to Maria Burnett, Associate director Africa division, Human Rights Watch.

President Museveni's government is receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny on how it handles dissent. Bobi thanked 'the world' for standing up with Ugandans in recent weeks and asked others to stand up with the 'oppressed not the oppressor.' 

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-2 #11 WALUBINGO 2018-09-07 18:30
THE CRIES OF THE MANY WILL BE SETTLED BY THE WILL OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD THE CREATOR ,THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

WE CALL PATIENCE, FORGIVENESS, RECONCILIATION AND RESPECT FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED, WE ARE UNDER ONE ROOF OF THE HOUSE AND THE ANSWERS ARE WE US,PLEASE CONSULT.
IN GOD WE TRUST,AMEN
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-1 #12 Akot 2018-09-07 18:33
[President Museveni's government is receiving unprecedented global attention and scrutiny on how it handles dissent. Bobi thanked 'the world' for standing up with Ugandans in recent weeks and asked others to stand up with the 'oppressed not the oppressor.']

Thanks!

Ugandans have to UNITE to leave no excuse for outsiders to just watch or fund Museveni because Ugandans are leaving no other option as they maintain the tribalistic system!

Ugandans must know with or without Museveni, the outside world will always need Uganda natural resources, visit our animals, see the sources of the Nile, explore the mountainis of the moon...but non wil side with Ugandans against Museveni as long as the tribalistic system stands!

Ugandans surely know today, European racist parties had to become National ones, or they would have been brougght to justice for racism & banned!
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-2 #13 Akot 2018-09-07 18:47
[Bobi Wine to 'win freedom fight or die trying']

Yet,

It's not lonely Bobi's fight, but that of every Ugandan as no opponent of Musevni will ever win as long as tribal leaders remain in posts serving the dictator & while the tribalistic system is held firm in place, just as Museveni foresaw; the reason he restored this divisive system!

Neither USA nor Europe can dislodge Museveni: only Ugandans can & only in UNITY because Uganda formed by tribal lands belongs to Ugandans & they alone have the power to say/keep in place their rulers!

So, Bobi, it's time to call tribal leaders to stand down & Ugandans to UNITY to set the ball rolling & the clock ticking for Museveni!

As it is, the clock is ticking for Ugandans while Museveni manoeuvers to own the country & enslave Ugandans for good!
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0 #14 juwait kali 2018-09-07 20:48
PHALANCH some one intelligent from nyendo mask and said that a coward dies a thousand times.
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+1 #15 Jama 2018-09-08 02:39
In other countries people give power to whoever they wish to and in Uganda we are slaves of a more than 7decades old dictator shielded by a tribally dominated and aggressive army.
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-1 #16 Bindu Musalika 2018-09-09 09:03
B Wine to 'die trying' is as bad as to 'try dying'. No fighter with an option of losing can win a fight.
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