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"They were being targetted," - Bobi Wine on why his children fled out of Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Bobi Wine has defended the decision of sending his children out of the country, says they were being targetted.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has defended the decision of sending his children out of the country.

On Wednesday evening pictures made rounds on various social media platforms of¬†Bobi Wine’s children who were spotted at Entebbe Airport¬†preparing to travel out of the country.

The photos were first made public by musician Bebe Cool and later deleted by Twitter for policy violations.

Sources noted that the family will be living in the United States for a while for fear that the January 14th elections might come with many protests.

However, the NUP candidate has come out to explain why he had to send his children to stay outside Uganda. Bobi Wine said that the regime enforces have left his family leaving in constant fear ever since he declared his intention to run for the presidency.

He explained that his children have been leaving a prison life even while at school. He cited that for the past three years several cars have also been trailing them to and from school.

As a result, he thought that by transporting them to another country it would give them a chance to freely exercise their rights to freedom more so with less than a week left for Uganda to vote for their next president. 

“I have seen regime enforcers and propagandists trying to question the travel of my children out of the country as we get close to the election! Of course everyone knows that their statements are not born out of genuineness, but out of their usual schemes to diminish our resolve to remove their corrupt regime,” part of Bobi Wine’s statement read.

“Firstly, the nation is aware of the challenges my family has endured from the time I decided to take on the¬†dictatorship of Gen. Yoweri Museveni. My children have lived in constant fear over the past three years. On several occasions, the cars which trail us have been trailing them, even to and from school.”

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Bobi Wine’s children spotted at Entebbe Airport.

Below is his full statement

“Friends, I have seen regime enforcers and propagandists trying to question the travel of my children out of the country as we get close to the election! Of course, everyone knows that their statements are not born out of genuineness, but out of their usual schemes to diminish our resolve to remove their corrupt regime. 

Firstly, the nation is aware of the challenges my family has endured from the time I decided to take on the dictatorship of Gen. Yoweri Museveni. My children have lived in constant fear over the past three years. On several occasions, the cars which trail us have been trailing them, even to and from school. 

Last year, there was a direct attack on a car transporting two of them from school, forcing us to change their schools and try to strengthen the security around them. 

For most of this year, they have largely lived as prisoners; very rarely leaving home. As we near the election, I received credible information from sources within the system of plans by the regime to cause physical harm to them.

You all recall that in 2017, at the height of the Age Limit debate, they threw grenades at my son, Solomon Sekayi’s bedroom window, and left a message that I should back off, or the consequences would be dire.¬†

The regime has made it a deliberate plot to attack me, and when they don’t, attack those who are close to me to demoralise me! There is nothing Museveni is not ready to do to stay in power against the will of Ugandans.

That is why, therefore, when I received information of pending physical attacks on me, my wife and kidnap of our children, friends in the diaspora reached out to us, offered to host them for a while.

That does not mean that I or my wife are any safer by remaining around. But our effort is to ensure they don’t kidnap one of these minors and try to use them to coerce us into subjugation.

The regime propagandists should be very ashamed. In a free and democratic country, nobody should live in fear simply because they oppose the government in power. In a free country, a presidential candidate would never have to wear a bullet-proof jacket and helmet to go for campaigns!

That is the country we are struggling to build. Gen. Museveni should even be more ashamed that 35 years later, children have to yet again run away from their country over fears of vengeful attacks!

You can also see the unprofessional conduct of the immigration staff who went ahead to share confidential travel information of minors with the public. None of our institutions is independent. Every part of government is being (mis) used and abused by the regime, that’s the country we are living in.