Uganda’s lead opposition flagbearer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform (NUP) has raised doubt over President Yoweri Museveni’s change of name especially as questions over his legit academic credentials remain unanswered.
In a deed poll last week, the Ugandan president said “I was born in September 1944 and named Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni. My academic documents bear my name, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni and since completion of my education the names Yoweri Museveni, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni have been used interchangeably in reference to me,”
It adds: “I hereby declare that I shall at all times from now in all records, deeds, and instruments in writing, and all occasions that require the use of my full name, sign the name of Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni.”
This comes at a time when city lawyer and NUP member Muwada Nkunyingi had requested the Uganda independent electoral commission (IEC) for the president’s academic credentials that he has used since he assumed power in 1986 but importantly since Uganda’s first general elections in 1996.
This has never been done yet when another lawyer tasked the IEC for Bobi Wine’s academic papers they were almost provided “in a wink of an eye”.
Bobi Wine’s response was simple. “a few weeks ago I was here (at NUP head offices) and told the nation that when General Museveni and his fellow ‘rebels’ were taking power in 1986, he didn’t present any academic credentials let alone proof of citizenship and yes, this is the question that has been lingering for 35 years,” Bobi said while addressing party faithful.
“First, the independent electoral commission gave unsatisfactory explanations and as if that’s not funny enough, President Museveni has come out to own one of the names that people have been threatened for calling him” Bobi added in reference to the Tibuhaburwa name which is literally translated as ‘one who/that takes no advice’.
Bobi Wine urged Ugandans to ‘keep the pressure’ for change so that much more is unearthed and also declared his support towards Lawyer Muwada to pursue this further.
At the party’s upcoming consultative meetings, Bobi Wine urges the authority to respect their position. “Early this year, we were denied any opportunity to consult our people and we hope we are treated like all other parties in regards to this exercise during which the party will launch its regional offices and also meet its candidates and mobilization teams”
NUP has confirmed 427 flag bearers to contest for the parliamentary seats whose nominations are due next week.