Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The National Unity Platform (NUP) party leader Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has alleged of being blocked from attending the recent Kyabazinga royal wedding, citing frustrations imposed by the regime as the primary reason for his absence.
This clarification came during a gathering at NUP headquarters in Makerere Kavule, where party leaders, supporters, and the families of victims assembled to commemorate lives lost in the 2018 Arua by-election. During that incident, Yasin Kawuma, the driver of NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi, was fatally shot dead.
Prayers were offered during the gathering for those allegedly killed by the regime and for those who were abducted or remain missing.
Bobi Wine asserted that he was blocked from attending the royal wedding by the regime, stating, “I was told that Mr. Museveni, his security, and Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba ordered that I should not attend the royal wedding. As you all saw, I didn’t attend the wedding, but we continue to congratulate Busoga Kingdom and wish the Kabazinga and Inhebantu happy marriage.”
He explained that the commemorative prayers, initially scheduled for Saturday 18, November 2023, had to be rescheduled due to the Busoga Royal Wedding, underscoring the significance of the wedding day in the country’s history.
Bobi Wine congratulated the Busoga Kingdom on reaching this milestone and extended best wishes to the Kabazinga and Inhebantu for the successful function. Despite being out of the country, he and his team were publicly invited by the Kingdom premier of Busoga, Joseph Muvawala, to attend the wedding.
Bobi Wine ensured his return before the royal wedding day to participate in the event., but now claims that he was blocked from attending the royal wedding by the regime.
The Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV, married Jovia Mutesi, who assumed the title of Inhebantu (Queen) of the Busoga Kingdom at Christ Cathedral Bugembe without major incidents.
The event, attended by various dignitaries, including Vice President Jessica Alupo, featured a procession led by Church of Uganda Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu. The Archbishop emphasized the significance of traditional marriage, celebrating the union of the Kyabazinga and his Queen in the presence of political figures, public figures, and royalty from Uganda and beyond.