By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The State Minister for foreign affairs Hon. Henry Okello Oryem has castigated National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi wine for tarnishing Uganda’s reputation on the international scene.
According to Okello Oryem, Bobi wine is deliberately doing what he described as an image assassination of Uganda, through his derogatory remarks directed at the government during his trips abroad especially the current one in war-torn Ukraine.
Okello Oryem further revealed that the leadership in Kampala is deeply affected by Wine’s big-mouth attitude, with unnecessary political statements against Uganda, which has greatly watered down the country’s image internationally adding that this not only scares away potential investors but also affects the entire population.
“Bobi Wine is free to travel anywhere in the world, it is his freedom, however, it is very unfortunate that in his trips abroad, he undermines efforts by the government of Uganda to bring prosperity and development to the people of Uganda, undermines efforts of investors to come to Uganda and invest in Uganda, the youth to get employment, it would be very unfortunate if he deliberately tries to destroy the peace and security and the development that the people of Uganda today are enjoying,” Okello Oryem said.
According to Okello Oryem, Bobi Wine met and sided with Ukrainian leaders on top of badmouthing Uganda which took a neutral position regarding the Russia-Ukraine military conflict.
“Our foreign policy is very clear in terms of the situation in Ukraine, we continue to be neutral to ensure that our national interests are protected, we will not take any side, and if he is an aspiring leader of Uganda and chooses to take one side, I think he better comes to the ministry of foreign affairs and we teach him what foreign policy is about,” Minister Oryem advised Bobi Wine.
He is largely held responsible for uttering derisive remarks and spreading propaganda against the government of Uganda, something which the foreign ministry says scares away tourists and foreign investors from launching impressive establishments in the country.
It’s worth noting that Bobi Wine flew out of the country a few days ago to Europe, and is currently transversing major cities of Ukraine like Kyiv, Bucha, and others which were devastated by heavy Russian bombardment, as a way of expressing solidarity and empathizing with authorities in Kyiv.
Bobi Wine’s comments have been largely criticized most especially by the ruling government and its supporters for making negative remarks against the government while abroad with others describing them as ‘political stunts’.