Babu Owino vows to lead anti-Museveni demos on the streets of Kampala

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Ugandan MPs allied to Museveni kicked up a storm in parliament, urging the speaker to shed light on the Kenyan MP “demo threat”

By The Weekly Vision

Controversial Embakasi East MP in Kenya Babu Owino has renewed calls to lead anti-Museveni protest rallies in Kampala. The MP said he would lead thousands of youths to protest the on and off house arrest of Uganda’s presidential aspirant Bobi Wine.

In an online goodwill message to Mr Wine on the occasion of his daughters’ 8th birthday, Owino accused President Yoweri Museveni of “clinging to power” using the army. He renewed calls made last year when he hosted Mr Wine for a three-day visit in Kenya. Both MPs held prime time Live interviews on a local TV station. They said they were part of youthful East African legislators committed to democracy and good governance.

Bobi Wines’ supporters in Kampala welcomed the move by the Kenyan MP saying only “protracted mass action” could dislodge the long-entrenched “Museveni dictatorship”

At the time angry Ugandan MPs allied to Museveni kicked up a storm in parliament, urging the speaker to shed light on the Kenyan MP “demo threat”. Others jokingly wondered whether the MP was a distant relative to the founder of the “Owino fish market” in Kampala started by a Kenyan fishmonger. The MPs then challenged Owino to state his agenda and “stick to his lane” in Nairobi.

But Mr Wines’ supporters in Kampala welcomed the move by the Kenyan MP saying only “protracted mass action” could dislodge the long-entrenched “Museveni dictatorship.”

Babu Owino claimed Bobi Wine “won” Uganda’s January 14 2021 presidential election but that his “victory” was stolen in broad daylight. The Kenyan MP accused President Museveni of using the army and plainclothes police militia to constantly harass the opposition. He said Africa should not just look on as a “dictatorship” trample on the human rights of Ugandans, the majority of whom are below 35 years.

He said Kenya as Uganda’s largest trading partner has a major stake in the continued peace and stability of Uganda. The MP stressed that Uganda which is yet to witness a peaceful transition deserves a fresh break from the “tired hands” of the ageing strongman.

He said Museveni 77 should call it a day and stop the “un-ending circus” of pre-determined rigged elections presided over by a biased electoral commission taking orders from Entebbe state house! The automatic result is always a “Museveni again”.

Babu Owino further challenged Uganda’s electoral commission to publish a detailed breakdown of the January 14 presidential election that the incumbent claims to have won. International observers, EU, US, and donor agencies dismissed this year’s poll in Kampala as neither free nor fair.

US president-elect Joe Biden had on assuming office this year called for an independent audit of the Kampala poll warning that the US would not “tolerate long-ruling despots” in power through fraudulent elections. Biden has warned Kampala to respect human rights and stop harassing opposition politicians.

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