2021: Bobi Wine to launch presidential bid with country-wide consultations

Fresh from a fundraising trip to America and Canada, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine has announced plans to start a nationwide tour to consult the electorate on his presidential bid, and also mobilise for resources to fund the bid.

Flanked by MPs notably, NRM’s John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya), Patrick Nsamba Oshabe (Kassanda North) plus Independents Lukyamuzi Kalwanga (Busujju) and Latif Ssebaggala (Kawempe North), Kyagulanyi said that his People Power pressure group is preparing to notify the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Police about their consultative program.

“We mentioned in the recent past that we will be challenging President Museveni in the forthcoming elections, and we know that under Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, an aspirant may consult within 12 months before the nomination date,” Kyagulanyi said.

“According to the Electoral Commission’s roadmap, nomination of Presidential candidates will on August 20, 2019; that is less than 12 months from now. We are preparing to write to the EC, to inform them about our plans because we are planning a nationwide consultation exercise, we are preparing to have our manifesto done,” he added.

The particular provision of the law requires under Section 3 (1) an aspirant to consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within 12 months before the nomination date.

Clause 2 of the same Section allows a presidential aspirant to also raise funds for the presidential campaign “through lawful means” as well as convene meetings of national delegates.

Under clause 3, the aspirant is required to introduce himself or herself to the EC and also notify the relevant local council and the police of the area to which he or she goes.

However, when former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi attempted to do the same in 2014, he was tear-gassed out of Soroti and Jinja, the towns he visited on his first attempts.

The same might happen to Kyagulanyi who has had his musical concerts controversially blocked by the police.

“It is our hope and prayer that the police will this time respect the law and the EC will also abide by the law,” Kyagulanyi said.

Davis Lewis Rubongoya, the group’s executive secretary told journalists that their successful trip to the USA and Canada where they popularized Kyagulanyi’s 2021 presidential bid to Ugandans in the diaspora had given them impetus to conduct similar tours and fundraisings locally as per the provisions of the law.

“The law permits us to raise funds within 12 months to an election, and Ugandans in the diaspora have kick started that drive,” Rubongoya said.

Joel Ssenyonyi, the Spokesperson People Power, says that following Kyagulanyi’s visit to the United States and Canada, and the subsequent listing of his name in the Times 100 Next list of influential People and being named as the Male Politician of the year by the Young African Leaders Summit, they have decided to launch their campaign to the presidency.

He called on Ugandans to participate in the on-going voter verification exercise and register for National Identity Cards.