Then Kyadondo East MP, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine appears at the High Court in Gulu, northern Uganda, on August 27, 2018 where he charged with treason. PHOTO | FILE
By Derrick Wandera
Friday, August 13, marked exactly four years since former Kyadondo
East legislator Robert Kyagiulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, and his colleagues
in politics, were allegedly tortured during the Arua saga where they had
pitched camp for the final campaign in the municipality by-elections.
On that day, security operatives broke into Pacific Hotel where Bobi and team were camped for the night after the final day of campaigns.
All occupants of the hotel, especially politicians led by Bobi Wine, later said they had been tortured during the melee and Bobi Wine’s driver, Yasiin Kawuma, shot dead in his boss’ car.
Many political analysts have marked this day as Bobi Wine’s political turning point.
On the day, besides Bobi Wine, Arua City was also hosting President Museveni, four-time presidential candidate Dr Kiiza Besigye, all rooting for rival political party candidates.
President Museveni was backing National Resistance Movement party candidate Nusura Tiperu, while Dr Besigye fronted Bruce Musema of Forum for Democratic Change as Bobi Wine campaigned for Kassiano Wadri on an Independent ticket.
Wadri was to emerge winner in the election even when he had been arrested and detained in Gulu by the time of voting.
But Four years later today, Bobi Wine has since contested for presidency and emerged second after President Museveni, with his NUP party winning close to 60 parliamentary seats.
Nevertheless, Bobi Wine insists the election was fraudulent and marred with violence and killing of his supporters, although he withdrew his election petition from the High Court.
On Friday last week, during what he called ‘NUP Heroes Day’ in memory of all his supporters that he said had died during the four years, Bobi Wine claimed more than 100 of them were killed, but listed only 62.
He also said 14 other supporters are being held incommunicado and more than 200 others still being held in unknown detention centres and safe houses.
“I stand with all the people that have paid the ultimate price for this struggle,”’Bobi Wine told journalists on Friday at the NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala.
“There are those who will never do their work properly and will never walk on their legs because they have been brutally disabled,” Mr Shaban Atiku, a resident of Terego County in Arua District, told Sunday Monitor on Friday.
Mr Atiku has now spent four years in a wheelchair after he was allegedly tortured during the August 13 saga in Arua.