Police are currently collecting evidence regarding singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, over alleged sectarian remarks. Authorities have initiated a general inquiry into the leader of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party for purportedly making statements that promote sectarianism and hate speech.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga stated that they are currently in the process of gathering all necessary evidence related to the remarks Bobi Wine made in Luweero District over the weekend.
Enanga explained, “CID is still collecting statements and reviewing social media for relevant footage, so we are in the initial stages of the investigation. We intend to consult with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) once the investigations are complete and then inform the public,” during a press briefing in Kampala.
According to a widely circulated video, while addressing his supporters at Kasana playgrounds in Luweero Town Council on Friday, Bobi Wine called on the Baganda community to stand up against President Museveni, accusing him of attempting to establish a “dynasty” on their ancestors’ land.
In the video, Bobi Wine also claimed that if President Museveni is not using taxpayers’ money for his own birthday celebrations, he is using it for his son’s birthday celebrations, whom he referred to as a “kigwagwa,” loosely translated as a troublemaker.
Section 41 of the Penal Code Act stipulates that individuals who make statements or take actions likely to degrade, revile, or incite hatred or contempt, create alienation or despondency, foster discontent or disaffection, or promote ill will or hostility among any group based on religion, tribe, ethnicity, or regional origin may be convicted of an offense and face a maximum prison term of five years.
As of press time, officials from the NUP were not available for comment as they were not responding to their known phone numbers.