Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP) has commended Dr Kizza Besigye for raising his voice in protest against the skyrocketing commodity prices.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has commended fellow freedom fighter Dr Kizza Besigye for rising up in solidarity to protest against the skyrocketing commodity prices.
Kyagulanyi made the remarks via a tweet on his social media handle. He said as the opposition, they are all focused on the goal to oust the NRM government.
“Standing in solidarity with you Dr. Kizza Besigye as you approach your 5th day under house arrest; a punishment you are being subjected to for daring to protest against the skyrocketing cost of living,” Bobi Wine said.
In addition, he said the country should hold Besigye in very high esteem for standing up when it mattered most.
“The differences in our respective political approaches have not blinded us to the honour, fortitude and commitment with which you have gone about resisting oppression. Pole san,” he added.
This however comes at a time when some Ugandans have been quoted on social media aiming dig at Besigye about the protests saying that he is trying to find a way of bouncing back politically.
The criticism was also not well received by many other political figures including the Kawempe South MP Munyagwa Mubarak who over the weekend in an interview with NBS TV said it is ironic to create negativity around the protests.
Munyagwa said Besigye does not need to first seek permission from Ugandans to rise up against increasing commodity prices because he also goes to the shop to buy items like them.
“Islam tells us that if you see something wrong, remove it with your hand and If you can’t, talk about it. When Besigye goes to a shop to buy something, he is charged the same as you. He doesn’t need first to seek permission to express his dissatisfaction,” Munyagwa said.
“When in an economic crisis, it’s advised to cut expenditures, but they are busy throwing lavish countrywide birthday parties,” he added saying that Besigye will never stop protesting against challenges brought about by the ruling National Resistance Movement.