A section of Muslims is angry with National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi following his address in which he promised that what happened in Libya and Iraq would happen in Uganda.
The leaders mainly in Kampala have Expressed dismay at the remarks linked to the turbulence in the Islamic countries like Iraq, Libya and Sudan among others.
Following his nomination to run for president earlier this month, Bobi Wine addressed his supporters at his house in Magere and said as it happened with Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and other leaders that were violently removed from office, the same would happen in Uganda.
‘I can guarantee to you as it happened with Saddam (in Iraq), as it happened with Gaddafi (Libya) as it happened with Bashir (Sudan), it will happen here in Uganda,” said Bobi Wine.
It is important to note that the countries he referred to were enjoying tremendous success during the regimes that were removed by imperialists. Today, Libya, for example, is a shadow of its former glory.
Indeed, as he promised, following his arrest for flouting campaign guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 there seemed to be coordinated violent protests akin to what happened in the unfortunate situations of Libya and Iraq.
Several innocent Ugandans believed to be supporters of the NRM party were attacked, beaten and stripped naked while others mounted illegal roadblocks where hooligans demanded money from drivers in order to be allowed to enter the city. However, security forces were quick to restore normalcy.
Some of the leaders who have come out publicly to express themselves about the remarks by Bobi Wine include Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and tycoon Suleiman Kabangala Mbuga commonly known as SK Mbuga.
These argue that Bobi Wine’s comments were made in bad faith and taste. They said the singer should avoid stoking flames in the country, let alone mock their Muslim brothers and sisters in the said countries.
“This is a serious matter. The people of Libya and Iraq are still suffering from transgression, they are yet to recover and making such statements is very reckless even worse when you wish that for Uganda,” a senior Muslim leader told this website.
The Muslim leaders also say that the Muslim community suffered a serious setback since the unfortunate incidents in Iraq and Libya.
“Libya for instance was sponsoring several Muslim projects in Uganda. Many students were on scholarship in Islamic institutes, several mosques were built by former Libya President Muammar Gaddafi and it is unwise for Bobi Wine to make such comments in reference to Libya,” the Muslim leader who preferred anonymity said.