Bobi Wine supporters in Masaka storm church to meet him

Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert better known by his music stage name Bobi Wine, was supposed to campaign in Masaka on Monday, but the Electoral Commission suspended campaigns there – and other areas – over surging COVID-19 cases.

Bobi Wine , who spent Saturday night in Masaka after his campaigns in Rakai, Lyantonde and Kyotera districts, joined faithful at St. Henry’s Cathedral for a morning Mass.

Upon learning of his exact location, his supporters appeared at the church chanting “Bobi Wine! People Power, our power!”

Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine praying

Inside, Kyagulanyi was in the company of Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP who doubles as the NUP vice-president for Central region. Other politicians were also in attendance.

In his sermon, parish priest Fr. Rev. Ronald Ssekanjako reprimanded corruption and poverty, which he said affects society, and implored families to avoid such practices which he said stem from homes and spread at the national level.

Bobi Wine and Mathias Mpunga
Bobi Wine and Mathias Mpunga

He also said the government has not done enough to solve such issues as poverty and corruption.

“We need a redeemer to rescue us as a country. Who do you think can redeem this country?” he asked the congregation.

“Kyagulanyi!” chorused back the NUP leader’s supporters in the vicinity.

Ssekanjako then turned to him: “Kyagulanyi, people have picked you to redeem this country.”

Fr. Rev. Ronald Ssekanjako led the Sunday morning Mass

Addressing the congregation, the NUP presidential contestant spoke of the difficulties he has faced through during his countrywide campaigns, including altercations with the security along the way.

He then struck a tone of resilience.

“We are ready to suffer for the truth because we break no law – even when we are shot at with bullets, teargassed or pepper sprayed.”

Kyagulanyi promised the area people improved health and education services in the country if he is elected the next president of Uganda.


Kyagulanyi was given an opportunity to address the congregation

On his way out after the Mass, Police dispersed the large crowd following him as Uganda tries to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Results from tests done on Christmas Day (December 25) indicate 203 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Uganda’s cumulative cases to 33,563.

As many as 245 people have succumbed to the virus while 11,055 have recovered.

Globally, 80.2 million people have contracted the virus while 45.4 million have recovered. But 1.76 million deaths have been recorded.

Meanwhile, Kyagulanyi is expected to campaign in Bukomansimbi district on Sunday.

Kyagulanyi drew the attention of local people, who stormed the church to see him

Read also : Bobi Wine promises to end land grabbing, improve health care in Lyantonde

He was in the company of Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP, also NUP’s vice-president for Central region.

Better known as Bobi Wine, Kyagulanyi is also the current MP of Kyadondo East

He is scheduled to campaign in Bukomansimbi district on Sunday

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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