Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), has compared the struggle for freedom and democracy in Uganda to a football game or a boxing match.
In his description, Kyagulanyi stated that in these games, there are four categories of people: the coaches, spectators, referees and the players.
He explained that the coaches are mostly those who came before them, whether here in Uganda or other places in the world and some of these people are alive, while others are long dead.
He further described this category as people used to be good players before, but they are now retired and are cheering up the new kids on the block from the side.
“They want to see us succeed, and so, they give us guidance and follow us with their blessings,”he stated.
The second category, he described it as spectators, are those who simply see things happening and they are as oppressed as everyone else but they will take no part in trying to change or improve the situation.
“They wait for the news every evening to see what Bobi Wine or Dr. [Kizza] Besigye has done today. Each day, they pass by the stalls and see headlines of the worst corruption scandals lining the streets of Kampala, but they look the other way,” he explained.
Kyagulanyi said this category of people are knowledgeable about how much money is stolen every year and see the poverty all over, but they don’t want to land themselves in any trouble with the regime.
In the third category, he said, are the people he described as referees stating that this group are neither players nor spectators, but they are very busy on the pitch.
He said this group of people spend all their time criticising everyone for not playing right, but they will never set foot into the football pitch or the boxing ring.
“Their duty is to judge all the people all the time. When there is a protest, they keep home, and in the evening post on Facebook how the protest could have been done better. They will not show up to guard the vote but will ask why you did not do this or that to guard the vote,” he said.
He said the fourth category is comprised of players and these are people he called comrades who are right into the game.
“They are sweating all over, fighting very hard to win the prize. When they get knocked down, they rise up again. When the spectators boo them, they strive to better their game. In a struggle like ours, these are men and women who have sacrificed everything in order to be participants in the liberation of their country,” he explained.
He noted that comrades who are truly in the struggle for freedom must be players.
“Leave the referees alone. Their job description is to find fault, even where it is not. But neither the referees nor the spectators ever get the trophy. The trophy is won by the players. When they win it, they will often run and hand it over to the coach,” he said.