Kyagulanyi Accuses Government of killing Buganda Leaders, Museveni Denies

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On September 8, 2023, National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, made a speech in Luwero district in which he made a number of allegations against the government.

One of the most serious allegations was that the state had killed high-profile leaders from Buganda, such as the Kampala archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. Kyagulanyi also claimed that the government had used the people of Luwero Triangle during the 1981-86 bush war that brought President Museveni to power and had not paid them back.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo responded to Kyagulanyi’s allegations by saying that they were “false” and that Kyagulanyi was “trying to provoke his arrest”. Opondo also said that the relatives of the leaders that Kyagulanyi had mentioned had not said that they had been killed.

The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has also said that it is investigating Kyagulanyi’s statements. CID director Tom Magambo said that such statements “normally attract the attention of any investigative body” and that the facts would be gathered and analyzed before any further action was taken.

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Magambo said that the CID did not want Uganda to go down the path of tribalism and hate speech, which he said had caused millions of deaths in other parts of the world.

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Kyagulanyi’s spokesman, Joel Ssenyonyi, has denied that the opposition leader made any false allegations. He said that Kyagulanyi was speaking about the peculiar local problems that were of interest only to the area of Luwero.

The allegations by Kyagulanyi and the response by the government have come at a time when tensions are high in Uganda ahead of the country’s general elections in 2023. Kyagulanyi is a leading opposition figure and is seen as a potential challenger to Museveni, who has been in power for over 30 years.

The allegations have also raised concerns about the level of freedom of speech in Uganda. Human rights groups have accused the government of cracking down on dissent and of using the law to silence critics.

It remains to be seen whether Kyagulanyi will be arrested or whether the allegations against him will be investigated. However, the case has highlighted the deep divisions in Ugandan society and the challenges facing the country as it prepares for the 2023 elections.

In addition to the allegations against the government, Kyagulanyi also spoke about the economic challenges facing the people of Luwero. He said that the area had been neglected by the government and that the people were struggling to make ends meet.

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Kyagulanyi called on the government to do more to help the people of Luwero and to address the underlying causes of poverty in the area. He also called for free education and healthcare for all Ugandans.

Kyagulanyi’s speech was well-received by the people of Luwero, who are frustrated with the government’s neglect of the area. The speech has also reignited the debate about the level of freedom of speech in Uganda.

It remains to be seen how the government will respond to Kyagulanyi’s allegations and his calls for change. However, the case has once again highlighted the deep divisions in Ugandan society and the challenges facing the country as it prepares for the 2023 elections.

The implications of Kyagulanyi’s allegations

Kyagulanyi’s allegations against the government have far-reaching implications. They have the potential to further divide the country along tribal lines and to incite violence. They have also raised concerns about the level of freedom of speech in Uganda.

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If the government does not take steps to address the underlying causes of the allegations, such as poverty and inequality, the situation could deteriorate further. The country could be plunged into a period of instability and violence.

It is important for the government to take a measured and responsible approach to this case. It should not try to silence Kyagulanyi or to suppress dissent. Instead, it should engage in a genuine dialogue with the opposition and with the people of Uganda.

Only by addressing the underlying causes of the allegations can the government hope to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for the country.

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