On August 15, 2019, Bobi Wine, his wife Barbie Kyagulanyi and People Power publicist, Joel Ssenyonyi met with the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac.
The meeting was held at the envoy’s residence in the leafy Kampala suburb of Kololo.
An official in People Power, a pressure group which Bobi Wine intends to use to seek presidency in the 2021 polls, said on Wednesday that the meeting was attended by two U.S. politicians.
The subject matter was Bobi Wine’s presidential bid.
A People Power official briefed after the Kololo meeting said the American politicians “offered to mobilise for Bobi Wine support in United States and internationally in support of his (Bobi Wine) presidential bid. “
The development underscores the growing interest of U.S. politicians in Uganda’s domestic politics.
The meeting comes at a time People Power is intensifying its grassroots campaigns to unseat President Museveni in 2021.
The group recently named its countrywide coordination team to rally support for the singer-turned-musician to challenge President Museveni in the upcoming elections.
Malac is seen as Bobi Wine’s greatest supporter in Uganda, a situation that has left diplomats guessing Washington’s intentions.
When Bobi Wine sustained injuries in the Arua by-election saga, U.S. congressmen, with the help of Malac, quickly arranged for his travel to America for medical treatment.
Bobi Wine also urged the U.S. Congress to suspend the $800m support for the Ugandan military, which he accused of allegedly torturing him during his detention.
“It’s important, especially to the US taxpayers, to know that much of the military aid we get is actually used to oppress and brutalise the citizens of Uganda,” said Bobi Wine.
“The gun that killed my driver that could have probably killed me is an American gun.”
In U.S., Bobi and Barbie met with Bradley Sherman, a congressman who pledged support for the Ugandan politician’s agenda.
He also was able to hold a press conference with the international media, a rare achievement for a politician who has not been in the limelight for even five years.