Bobi Wine and I have similar aspirations - Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has castigated opposition leader Bobi Wine for not understanding his “real enemies.”

President Yoweri Museveni

The Head of State said that instead of treating him like an enemy, Bobi Wine should be seeking him out for collaboration because they both have similar aspirations of helping the “lumpenproletariat” class of people from the ghetto, whom he claims to represent.

“People like Bobi Wine, their mistake is that instead of understanding the social issues of his substratum and looking for allies…he is fighting his own allies. I am an ally of those (ghetto) children, that is why I started free education for them in 1997,” Museveni said.

At that time we didn't even have money, but we started because I knew that the youths don't have money. I have started other programs such as the Youths and Women funds to help that group of people,” Museveni said in an interview with NPR.

Museveni said the true enemies of Bobi Wine are the Ugandan elite class who have fought hard against providing free education to the poor.

On the other hand, Museveni noted that some of Bobi Wine’s friends have started abandoning him upon realising that he does not represent their interests.

His friends are looking for allies, they have abandoned him because they are not against anybody; they are only concerned about their problems,” Museveni said.

These former street children are confronting him how; they tell him that we were street children, but we survived because there was peace and some us have prospered through singing, boxing, and other skills.

Once a celebrated pop artist, Bobi Wine veered into parliamentary politics in 2017, and later on ran for the presidency.

Now the president of the biggest opposition party in the country, Bobi Wine says, in one evening drive back home, he was convinced by his friends Nubian Li, Eddy Mutwe and others to enter the world of politics because they felt the interests of the ghetto were not bothering politicians.

“We figured if the parliament would not come to the ghetto, we should take the ghetto to the parliament,” he said.

Bobi Wine recently confirmed that he will contest for president again in the 2026 elections.

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