By Mable Nakibuuka
Barbra Itungo Kyagulanyi, the wife of National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has fled to the United States of America, a few days after she was freed from house arrest together with her husband.
Pictures of Bobi Wine’s wife Barbie in the departures lounge at Entebbe International Airport started circulating all over social media on Tuesday morning, sparking off rumours that she has flown into self-induced exile.
According to reports, she flew out of the country aboard Qatar Airways from Entebbe International Airport enroute to Doha, from where she is expected to connect to America, where she will join her children, who flew there last month.
But it is not yet clear why Barbie decided to unceremoniously flee to the US at a time when she was expected to hang around to support her husband Bobi Wine, who has since petitioned the supreme court, challenging Museveni’s presidency, alleging that he was not legally voted into power like the Electoral Commission purports.
This however comes at a time when the Ugandan security has issued warnings to the effect that unknown people are threatening to cause chaos in the country by staging riots between 3rd-7th February and are rallying rioters using the metaphor “shutdown”.
It should be recalled that when Bobi Wine sent his children to America prior to the general elections, he said that he had received threats of his children getting abducted or harmed.
He later revealed that some people were trailing his children wherever they go in the US, although he didn’t give any evidence.
Bobi Wine, who was put under house arrest on January 15th shortly after the election and released last week following a court order to the military to vacate his residence in Magere, recently assured his supporters that the election wasn’t the end of the ‘struggle’ but the beginning.
But the government and police have continuously referred to Bobi and the NUP members as ‘hooligans’ and associated them with the bloodshed that occurred during the Free Bobi Wine protests in November, which left over 50 people dead.
However, Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson, has consistently distanced the party from the ‘shutdown’ allegations, saying that the party is following legal means to seek justice instead of staging riots.
The most recent pronouncement about this issue is from Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Paul Loketch, who warned yesterday that; “We are aware of individuals and political groups that are promoting panic and fear, using malicious video footages and audios, to purposely intimidate and prevent them from going about their normal businesses or reporting for work from February 3-7, 2021.”