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Bobi Wine blocked from traveling to Zambia for Hichilema inauguration

Bobi Wine says his travel plans to Zambia were frustrated by government (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA — Opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name Bobi Wine has revealed that was on Monday evening blocked from travelling to Zambia.

The Zambia’s incoming president Hakainde Hichilema had invited Bobi Wine and other prominent opposition leaders from the region for his inauguration today Tuesday.

Mr Hichilema, who beat the incumbent President Edgar Lungu by a million votes in the August 12 presidential election is hosting opposition leaders from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania, among other countries.

In a statement on Tuesday, Bobi Wine says his travel plans to Zambia was frustrated by Ugandan authorities.

“Yesterday night, I communicated to President Hakainde’s Inauguration Committee and expressed deep regrets for not attending this momentous event, after all my efforts to travel to Zambia were frustrated,” Bobi Wine wrote.

He added: “In the coming days, I will issue a statement giving further details. None the less, I remain very grateful for the invitation”.

Hichilema was inaugurated Tuesday morning at a ceremony attended by leaders such as Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Zambia’s second female Vice President Mutale Nalumango was also sworn in during the ceremony.

Bobi Wine congratulated Mr. Hichilema and the Zambia people on the peaceful transfer of power.

“Today the people of Zambia are witnessing a day that has eluded most African countries. H.E. President Hakainde Hichilema is officially taking office from outgoing President, H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu

“Once again, I congratulate His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema for his resounding victory. I also congratulate and thank His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu for affording his nation the well deserved peaceful transfer of power. As I have repeatedly said, President Hichilema emerged victorious in the election, but President Lungu is also such a winner. It takes decency and character for a leader to graciously accept an election defeat and accept the will of the people

“To our sisters and brothers in Zambia, THANK YOU for showing the way. It is now our duty as a generation to ensure that peaceful transitions become normal on this our continent”.

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