The National Unity Platform – NUP Party President – Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine – has appealed to his supporters not to lose hope. “We remain hopeful and determined to continue our struggle for a brighter future for all Ugandans,” reads part of Bobi’s new year message delivered Sunday.
As we begin 2023, Bobi says “I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and dedication to our cause.”
“Along the way this past year, your belief in our common vision for a better, more just, and equal Uganda has been a constant source of motivation and inspiration for us. 2022 has been a challenging year, filled with both triumphs and setbacks.
Many comrades including Jakana Nadduli have lost their lives for criticizing the regime. Denis Waiswa and Yakubu Kiggundu died in the line of duty. John Ddamulira, Semuddu Michael, and Muhammad Kanatta disappeared and remain missing to date.
Hon. Ssewanyana, Hon. Ssegirinya and comrade Olivia Lutaaya spent their second successive New Year’s Eve in jail. But through it all, we have remained committed to our fight for justice, freedom, and democracy. We have stood firm in the face of intimidation and persecution, and have continued to raise our voices against corruption, abuse of power, and the suppression of human rights.”
According to Bobi, he is particularly inspired by the courage and determination of “our youth.” “Despite bearing the brunt of the regime’s brutality, you have stood up for what you believe in and have not been afraid to speak out against injustice.
Your voices remain a major driving force behind our cause, and I am proud to stand alongside you in this fight. As we look ahead to 2023, we remain hopeful and determined to continue our struggle for a brighter future for all Ugandans.”
Bobi acknowledges that “the road ahead will not be easy” but notes that “with your support and solidarity, we will keep fighting for the change that we know is possible.”
Therefore, he said: “let us continue to work together and keep the fire burning in our hearts.”
“Let us never lose sight of our mission, nor be discouraged by the challenges that will come our way. We are in this together.”