END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KYAGULANYI SSENTAMU ROBERT
Fellow countrymen and women,
I bring you warm greetings wherever you are and congratulate you upon coming to and end of this year, which has been a very difficult one for many Ugandans.
I thank God for the gift of life. It is not something to take for granted, that those of us who are alive today have that opportunity.
I send deepest condolences and sympathies to all Ugandans who have lost loved ones this year and pray that those who are sick will have a quick and full recovery.
As we come to the end of the year, my message will focus on three issues:
- A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE
Let me take this opportunity to send deep gratitude to all Ugandans who continue to support the struggle against the dictatorship.
As we all know, at the start of the year, we had a presidential election, which General Museveni chose to turn into a military operation. Ugandans were murdered, tortured, abducted and others detained. As I write this, we still have hundreds of our people in different prisons across the country including Members of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana. Ordinary Ugandans such as Olivia Lutaaya, Kassim Mugadde, Machete Yasin, and many others are under illegal detention and there is no sign of getting a free and fair trial. Comrades Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic and many others spent more than half of this year in prison. There are several other comrades who have lost limbs in this cause, while many others have paid the ultimate price.
I want to salute EVERYONE who has made any form of sacrifice in order to advance the struggle for a better country.
Our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, I THANK YOU. Thank you for knocking on doors, speaking out, organising demonstrations, reporting those who abuse human rights to relevant organs and organisations, and supporting the struggle with logistics.
Thank you all for the tireless efforts. Even after Dictator Museveni grabbed our victory, many of you could have felt discouraged. But I am thankful to all of you who have not given up.
I want to thank, in a special way, all non-Ugandans who continue to support our struggle in different ways. The nations which are beginning to act against Museveni and his henchmen, the artistes who have been raising voices against human rights abuses in Uganda, the international media which has continued to shine a light on the injustices, and all those who have contributed in one way or another, THANK YOU.
I thank the millions of people in Uganda and abroad who send us prayers and messages of encouragement. THANK YOU
- THE BALANCE OF FORCES
Many people might be wondering how the struggle against dictatorship in Uganda stands.
Let me use this message to once again affirm to all our people that the balance of forces is in the favor of the people of Uganda. All dictators, past and present follow the same path. Yes, Museveni grabbed the victory of Ugandans and has continued to misrule us through the barrel of the gun. But he is not as strong as he used to be. He is not as insulated as he used to be. And he is definitely much more vulnerable than he has ever been.
Our greatest achievement so far, has been stripping him naked. The whole world now knows that Uganda is ruled by a military tyrant who has no legitimate support of the people. This is an important achievement in any struggle to remove a dictatorship.
Secondly, the people of Uganda are now more awakened than ever. I pride in seeing Ugandans, young and old much more interested in the affairs of our country.
Fighting an entrenched dictatorship is not and has never been easy anywhere. When we spoke of #Mission2021 we were alive to these realities. I thank everyone who has contributed the achievements registered this year. We may not have gotten our ultimate goal yet, but I want to assure everyone that we are on the right trajectory. If each one of us makes a commitment to do twice as much as we have done this year in this effort, we shall all be amazed at what we shall achieve. I say all this, well knowing that God is on our side.
- A RESPONSE ON UNITY
After the Kayunga by-election fraud, I read with dismay several comments on social media about some issues. While most are sponsored or posted by people with a clearly destructive agenda, others are posted by people with genuine intentions, but who clearly do not have the full picture.
Some people made it a point to accuse the National Unity Platform of going alone in the Kayunga by-election, arguing that perhaps if we were united we would be declared winners.
First of all, WE WON THE ELECTION in Kayunga. We won it by a landslide- a clear 15000 vote lead. We deployed agents and supervisors, most of whom were arrested before the regime usurped the will of the people. There has been rigging in very many elections, but what they did in Kayunga was a new record. An election where you have all DR forms giving you a 15000 lead and the Returning Officer aided by Byabakama announces a different winner.
This is what everyone who claims to struggle for democracy should focus on. How do we get our nation from this mess?
Away from that, I wish to remind all Ugandans that the People Power Movement/ National Unity Platform has championed the unity of the forces of change right from inception. After the 2017 by-election in Kyadondo East that brought me to Parliament, I set out to meet with all leaders of political parties, Civil Society Organisations, religious institutions, etc. When we formed the People Power Movement, we brought together Ugandans from all shades of opinion. This is because in principle we believe that all Ugandans (not just politicians) will need to come together and forge a way forward towards a #NewUganda.
The challenge has always been the dishonesty in some cases and inconsistency in other cases. Some actors have clearly placed personal interest ahead of the national interest. There are many lessons we have learnt in trying to forge this unity, most of which we do not make public, because giving certain details can easily lead to further mistrust and suspicion.
For about two years before the election, we sat in more than fifty meetings with leaders and comrades within different formations in the ‘opposition’. Our view was that we needed to tackle Museveni with a single, strong candidate so that we would then scatter our energies across the country in trying to guard the vote. I was even willing not to be the joint candidate, if an honest analysis had been made and it was established that we front someone else. The discussions went on and on and on.
Previously before we launched the National Unity Platform , some of the Party leaders kept telling us they needed to consult their party organs. Others told us they needed to first elect their party flag bearers, who would then sit with us to agree on a joint candidate. Others claimed that they could not work with us because we were just a mere pressure group and not a registered political party.
It later became apparent that some of the actors were in fact not interested in our unity at all, but were using those meetings and engagements to derail and delay us. In fact, one of the last and most important meetings we had to discuss the question of unity took place at the home of Owek. Joyce Ssebugwaawo, now Museveni’s minister. It was later on that we established that all along she had been in touch with the regime, although she was a Deputy President of a major opposition party.
When we formed NUP and were taken to court, some of the people who worked very hard to see NUP de-registered were not NRM operatives, but some of our perceived comrades in other opposition formations. Some went as far as approaching the Electoral Commission and Court staff to beg that they influence our de-registration.
Some of these people were not necessarily working for the regime, but felt that if we had a political party, we would take over their space. You can imagine!
While we are busy fighting to see the regime down, some actors were very comfortable with their positions within the opposition!
By the time we went through the election and emerged out of it, we got credible information, (which is well within the knowledge of senior leaders), that Museveni sponsored several candidates at different levels in order to cut our speed.
As everyone can see, this is information that we normally get and decide to keep with ourselves, but I thought it is important to share it so that the people of Uganda understand the dynamics at play, and place the most trust in themselves. No one else will fight for them except themselves.
Of course not all actors within the forces of change have this negative attitude. There are very many decent, clear headed individuals whose objective is to see change in Uganda.
Immediately after the election, every Ugandan remembers that I personally wrote to all heads of political parties, in order for us to forge unity and take the struggle forward. Yet again, some actors responded positively, others responded negatively and others did not respond at all.
With all these setbacks, we have not given up on unity, but our view remains that the most important unity will have to come from the people of Uganda, and not just politicians. That is why we are the NATIONAL UNITY PLATFORM. Although we had many parties keen to have us take them over and lead them, our decision to take over NUP was consciously made because of our belief in National Unity.
Of course we continue to engage with all Ugandans, be it political leaders or not, on the urgent need to deliver our nation from the crisis which we face. This coming year, we must make a conscious decision to work together as comrades because the alternative would be to resign ourselves to a terrible fate.
In the coming year, each one of is should simply double his or her effort while trusting in God. Freedom is in sight.
Happy New Year to you all. God bless you.
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert “Bobi Wine“
Thank you mr president
Thank you Mr president
You know, what aman has done,aman can do and this world has hosted kinds of people . One day nature will select it’s fits.
Lawrence Peter Watyabuko
The major concern we have and actually the greatest hindrance we have as Ugandans is our mindsets.
I still struggle to understand what cheap fights us as a generation or a people trying to rescue ourselves from the tyrant that has stolen off all our freedom.
Thank you president,we are glad you know what it takes to be you and always think about us .All we can say is that we shall stick to the values of justice and freedom as we have always done before.Long live president and shall we liberate this nation one time,NUP kuntiiko and people power our power
Honesty Honesty Honesty, many of our so called leaders have lacked Honesty and previously we have been victims not until honesty leaders have appeared on the scene and now we see our really leaders
For me I thank him for the courage and consistency on the struggle. We the people of Uganda shall love him forever
#wearemovingadictator who has destroyed our generation by his agendas
Thank u Mr president for good massage from u ,love u fast and National unity platform
Happy new year president
Thank you Mr president
As it all started, the oppressors are very ready to make Ugandans kneel for everything but again why should NUP complain about cheating/ rigging?
Its habit of this regime since 2001 and opposition has been crying of it, so I advise:
If you don’t have enough balls to stop the regime from rigging then never stand against NRM because it will use all necessary security operatives to crash you.
We shall overcome insha Allah
I love the information my President
Dr. Ariho Innocent
We are much humbled to have you in our country Mr. President.
Happy new year too and may God keep blessing and protecting you for us.
Happy new year president
Happy new year to you too Mr President ✊✊
We’re the Generation
Kasujja Ibrahim Kato
Thank you Mr. President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu for such an empowering speech. We shall continue with all our efforts to act and fight to liberate our country from the dictator.
Like you’ve said that we should double our efforts, I will do all the necessary to liberate our country, Uganda in the coming year 2022.
Happy New Year to all Ugandans from the President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
People power our power
Thank you my President
Thank you Mr president . Happy new year
Thanks for the ğood and wonderful message
Thanks you mr President and Happy new year too with your family and entire Nup party leaders
May God continue to protect you Mr president 🙏❤
Thank you Mr. President
Thanks for the good message papa 🙏.
Have a wonderful and blessed New year 👊💪
Tulina ekizibu kyenkww banange, but what i can request u always sfand on the same track, totuvangamu gwe yongera okulaga abantu ekituffu naye ne Katonda yamanyi kyanakolera enkwe zaffe!!!
Thanks Mr President for ur message to us God bless you
Incredible Mr. President
Thanks Mr.president .God chased soul from the seat and soul refused but when God is tired of you,He will definitely kill you at the end of the David took over and soul died. I wish you the best in Uganda as our president
Thanks Mr. President. And Happy New year to you and family and all the Ugandans…
thank you Mr president
God bless you too mr president
Peace is a product of truth and justice
Time will be there for us to be free
#for God and my country 🇺🇬
Keep pushing guys
Change is coming
Charles made in Arua
That’s my president! May the Good Lord continue to lead and guide your way to victory. 2022 will be a year of our celebration, amen.
Thanks for that speech my president.
Thank you H.E the truly elected president of Uganda
Nakalembe Maria Thereza
Happy new year Mr president elect HE KYAGULANYI SSENTAMU ROBERT #WeAreRemovingADictator #M7MustGo #FreeAllPoliticalPrisonersinUganda #FREEHonssegirinya #freeHonssewanyana ✊✊✊
Thank you for the message and happy New year H.E
I thank you you so much for this new year message. You are the Moses of today. I know you will deliver the Ugandans out of slavery. May the almighty God be with you always.
From my age 15yrs its when i started configuring the affairs of how states are run but little did i know that people (politicians) can play to the lives of Ugandans ,being tortured, imprisioned at the expense of the selfish interests of the key players , it has been on several occassions opposition won Several elections held but at the end of it all they live it in silience just because of the selfish interest which are now being exposed by “you” and indeed you have not only exposed the wrong deeds of the dictators but also you have cleared out the thoughts of our time that in Uganda we never had political parties just like Museveni used to say by the next coming years Ugandan political parties will be no more am sure his perception was based on certain argument but we thank u en thank God for your strength ,determination and distinction toward acheiving a free Uganda.
I have confidence in you my president elect the hon Robert kyagulanyi but as you said the silence of our people
That’s why we also have to consider lumbuyes information at one point in order to eliminate and get rid of hypocritical leaders with in us. Thank you president.
Thank u Mr. presido
Samuel Gideon Omurok
Dear Mr president, thank you for showing love and passion for our country Uganda.
Thank you for uniting the country, every one in Uganda and all over the world has seen the injustice matted to the people of Uganda, but your courage has shown the country the power they have in the interest of their country.
However, more pressure or sanctions needed on the electoral commission.
More leaders from different areas of the country should come on board both from across tribes and religious background till all the mindset of Ugandans down there is changed to realise the love for change.
Wishing you a blessed happy new year 2022.
Am really grateful for your speech Hon Kyagulanyi and I feel so for our country especially these hypocrites in the opposition who are contented with gifts from govt l will only urge you to keep the spirit of unity, mobilisation of Ugandan masses upto the grassroot and then use intelligence
This is beautiful president elec, we are on course , ‘Akatengo keyongede Agenda’
Very powerful message bro. You have done everything humanly possible but consider puting much hope in Jesus than depending on human understanding some battles are spiritual.
Congs my president upon reaching 2022, it has been difficult 2021 but we thank GOD some of us we are still live, as freedom fighter we have lost a lot of cormerders, and most of our poeple are in still in prison for now reason, blessed 2022 to all freedom fighters.
we all know those actors Mr.President!
all signs show clearly that the dictator is in his last days…we shall stay hopeful untill he makes his last breath
Thank you Mr president
We all know that we won the elections but the dictatorship took our victory. I want to continue advocating for unity among the opposition leaders , we assure you that power belongs to the people . We won’t rest until our nation is free from dictatorship. We are the National Unity Platform. Thank you my President for showing us a way.
Open your eyes abit more widely and see what you will ever see, good luck in your fight.
Thanks for this powerful message which the people of Uganda have been waiting for
The struggle continues
I believe in change,it’s a really long,painful and emotional walk and hard to achieve a revolution against dictatorship. But we shall wear the victors’ crown,,let’s keep focused,strong and truthful to the struggle and the well being of our future past the dictator. FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY….WE ARE THE NATIONAL UNITY PLATFORM
Nice one it is happy new year mr.president
Well, the whole point comes back to unity and elimination of fear from our hearts. Thanks for message @bobiwine
You’ll forever be my president Mr. Ssentamu, may the Almighty keep u strong. Happiest new year.
From Kenya, I’m not sure that dictatorship will win forever, what I’m sure of is that God the living father will see Uganda as a nation through this inhumane gage..
A topic close to my heart many thanks, i have been thinking about about this subject for some time.