A Ugandan government minister who survived being punched by an angry supporter of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) during a symposium in Canada.
Presidency Minister Milly Babirye Babalanda had flown to Canada to attend the symposium during which Busoga opinion leaders and officials from the Kingdom of Busoga sought to convince the Basoga in Canada to invest in the kingdom.
Minister Babalanda had travelled with some top government officials who hail from Busoga. The Kyabazinga (king) of Busoga William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV was in attendance.
During the symposium, a supporter of NUP marched onto the podium where Minister Babalanda and Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope IV were sitting. The Bobi Wine supporter identified as Kyuma kya Yesu even sought to grab the minister’s speech but was restrained amidst protests.
Now, Babalanda has spoken out warning that such behavior can lead to breakdown of the Ugandan society, making the country’s citizens pay a huge price to undertake rebuilding efforts.
She urged Bobi Wine’s NUP supporters to consider the many examples of societal breakdown across the world so that they do not make mistakes that have been made elsewhere.
She further pleaded with Ugandans in the opposition parties to strive to build on the foundation that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has set up for the transformation of the country.
Minister Babalanda also pleaded with opposition supporters to be calm and embrace dialogue instead of resorting to politics of violence and confrontation.
In her view, people who want to be leaders in Uganda should not destroy what the NRM has so far built, and they should use dialogue to resolve their disagreements with the Museveni regime.
“Those who aspire to lead should realise that it’s too costly to rebuild a nation once it’s broken. The world has many examples,” said Minister Babalanda, before she shared the video showing how she was nearly punched by an angry NUP supporter.
“I call for calmness and dialogue. It’s better to build on what’s in place.”
You can watch the video showing how the Museveni minister was nearly punched by an angry NUP supporter in Canada HERE.
Meanwhile, back in Busoga Kingdom, all is not well for Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope IV after his long-time rival Prince Columbus Wambuzi started on a plan to break away from Busoga and create his own kingdom. (See Details Here).