Kyadondo East Members of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has spoken out about reports that he refused to join the Buganda Katikiro in cutting a cake at a recent function.
Whereas he admits having walked away when he had been called on, he blames this on his the tight schedule he had that day as well as the treatment he was subjected to by the organisers.
“To set the record straight, I was invited as area MP to attend Gayaza Junior School’s Day, celebrating 106 years! At the same occasion, the Katikiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga was the Guest of Honour. I attended the function, received the Katikiro and together, we inspected different exhibition stalls for students’ products and activities. We also had a cordial chat!”
Though, it all began when he was denied an opportunity to speak at the event.
“I was at the function from 10 am to 3 pm (5hrs) and as protocol was being ‘observed’, many of the guests who were invited but didn’t show up had their representatives to speak on their behalf. Just at the point when the area MP was to be invited to welcome the Guest of Honour, the C.A.O’s representative was instead invited to perform that role.
“My assistant tried to find out from the MC whether it was a mistake and they were bluntly informed that they had strict instructions not to let me speak.”
He adds that the reason they stopped him from speaking was because they were not sure of what he was going to say. But to him, he says had prepared to use the occasion to suggest ways of improving our education system!
“I must say it was a humiliation to the people of Kyadondo East to have their elected representative seated at a function for almost five hours and not given any opportunity to say a word. I am not a ceremonial M.P. and would love to use every chance to speak for and to my people! Therefore, by the time the cake was cut, I was long gone and I think it was more important for me to say a word to my people rather than cut that cake. Had I been allowed to speak, perhaps what I was going to say would make a better headline than the cake.”
He apparently left for other functions at Kinaawa Secondary School, Nangabo Youth Bicycle race and the Uganda cranes vs South Sudan football match at Lugogo KCCA grounds where he had also been invited.