KAMPALA — Supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) have surprised their party president Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine with a brand new bullet proof SUV car whose purchase was fundraised and later donated to him.
Bobi Wine unveiled the vehicle on Sunday morning.
“There is another group of comrades who kick-started a fundraising campaign for a bulletproof vehicle. These comrades informed me of their plan, but I thought it was an uphill task, given how expensive it is. A few weeks ago, these comrades surprised me when they informed me that they had succeeded in raising enough money for the vehicle, and here it is. I can’t thank you enough,” Bobi Wine said.
Opposition leader Bobi Wine faced massive police brutality as he campaigned for political change.
During one of his campaigns in Kayunga district, north-west of Kampala, his music producer Daniel Oyerwot was hit in the mouth with a rubber bullet in more clashes between his supporters and security forces.
After that, Mr. Wine was driving on to another campaign site in Jinja, east of the capital, when security forces blocked his car, shooting and blowing out its tyres. He then temporarily suspended his campaign in early December to raise the issue of state violence with the National Electoral Commission.
On several other occasions, the military towed his vehicle or even forcefully broken it to arrest him.
“From the time we were attacked with live bullets on the campaign trail and particularly when a projectile hit Dan Magic smashing his face, many Ugandans out of concern sent me bullet proof vests and ballistic helmets, which I put on throughout the campaign period, and gave others to comrades. Indeed, if I did not have one on in Masaka, the story would be different”.
He said during the start of the campaigns, supporters both local and abroad tok it upon themselves to contribute money and other resources to help him run the campaigns.
He noted that these were of great help to him, adding that he is greatly indebted to them.
“On behalf of the National Unity Platform, I would love to thank all comrades here and abroad who supported our campaign financially, to a point that we never lacked anything on the campaign trail. Some Ugandans gave as little as 500 shillings, as testament for their commitment to the cause”
“There are some friends who deposited money at petrol stations so that our vehicles never lacked fuel”.
“There are those who have continued to support the efforts of our Secretariat in reaching out to the families of injured comrades, as well as those who are in prisons. You comrades continue to lift the burden off our shoulders, and for this, we are grateful.
“Contrary to what Gen. Museveni and his spin-masters love to say, this struggle to-date continues to be supported by Ugandans here and abroad. We are very, very grateful. Without your effort and support, we would never have been able to come this far”.