Thousands throng Lubaga Cathedral for Bobi Wine solidarity mass

At about eight minutes to 1pm, a procession of the clergy made its way into Lubaga Cathedral through an entrance on the left hand side.

Barbie Kyagulanyi (in Purple) during the mass at Rubaga cathedral.

Among them was Rev Fr Dr Joseph Mary Ssebunya, the Kampala Archdiocesan chancellor, who was delegated by the Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga to lead a solidarity for the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and his colleagues who were arrested last week in Arua.

Musicians, stand up comedians, radio personalities, drama artists and politicians from opposition parties and the ruling NRM party filled up the Cathedral for the prayer session organised by the Uganda performing arts federation.

Fr Ssebunya based his homily on the Book of Ezekiel, a prophet who was chosen to preach what everybody feared to preach about.

“The church has a responsibility to speak out against social injustices. The church does not criticise those in leadership but gives guidance for the good of society,” Fr Ssebunya said.

L-R: Kizza Besigye, MP Allan Ssewanyana and Pastor Wilson Bugembe

He said that the church was concerned about last week’s unfortunate happenings in Arua that led to the arrest of MPs and several opposition supporters.

“The events of Arua and Bugiri that have led to at least three deaths, injuries, torture of suspects and arrests of journalists are regrettable and we condemn them in the strongest terms possible,” Ssebunya said.

Bobi Wine’s family led by his wife Barbie during the mass at Rubaga.

He urged the government to respect its cardinal role of protection of rights of all Ugandans.

Only two speeches were allowed with the first speech coming from Bobi Wine’s wife Barbie Kyagulanyi who thanked Ugandans for standing by her husband.

“We know that you have a lot of anger but we thank you for being calm. I also want to thank the journalists for being fearless,” Barbie said further condemning attacks on journalists by security forces.

Abed Bwanika, Francis Mwijukye, Former deputy mayor Kidandala, and Ssempala Kigozi

“The place where my husband is right now is not where he is supposed to be, he issupposed to be in hospital not that detention facility. What he needs now is medical care,” Barbie said.

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi’s mother stood by Barbie’s side as did Bobi Wine’s siblings but none was allowed to speak due to the church’s other programmes.

Buganda Kingdom’s Attorney General David Mpanga spoke on behalf of the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) Charles Peter Mayiga who condemned the detention of civilians in military installations.

He urged the government to respect the constitution warning that if political contenstations are not well handled, it may lead into political upheavals.