The National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine on Thursday, February 16, passed through Hoima City on his way from delivering a donation of relief items to residents who were evicted from their ancestral land in Kigyayo village in Kiziranfumbi sub-county, Kikuube district.
The over 300 families who were violently evicted by Hoima sugar limited to pave way for sugarcane growing in 2014 live in an internally displaced camp in squalid conditions.
Ssentamu, who donated maize flour, cooking oil, clothes, beds and beans, accused the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party of being indifferent to the plight of evictees.
Subsequently, hundreds lined up on the roadsides, to welcome him. Traffic got interrupted with people abandoned their businesses to gaze at the musician turned politician.
Kyagulanyi atop of his car entered the city’s central business district from Hoima-Fort Portal road at around 4:30pm as he waved to the enthusiastic supporters, majority youths.
Motorists escorted him up to Kyentale ward, about 4 kilometres on the peripherals of Hoima City to show their support.
Traffic slowed down as a long convoy of vehicles and huge crowds walked along his vehicles snaking the roads to Kampala.
Police tried to block him in vain as people crowded the roads. Ssentamu was last in the area during the February 2021 Presidential elections where he emerged second in the race after President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled Uganda since 1986.
He had in tow Moses Aguda, a former contestant in the Hoima East Division parliamentary elections who also doubles as Bunyoro region NUP coordinator and NUP’s Secretary General, Lewis Rubongoya.
The Albertine Journal’s Robert Atuhairwe captured the events.