Ugandan opposition leader, Robert Kyyagulani Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has said the tide is turning Africa as the era of veteran politicians is fading away.
In an interview with the Business Times, on the sidelines of the MDC Alliance Congress in Gweru, Wine said he had had been inspired by the young generation of political leaders in Africa who are challenging the status quo in their respective countries.
He said the continent needed a new crop of politicians to drive economic growth. “I am inspired by Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance in Zimbabwe and Julius Malema of South Africa. These two young politicians represent the new face of politics on the continent,” said Wine.
He acknowledged the role the the old generation of rulers had played to liberate the continent from colonial rule but it was now time for these crop of leaders to pass on the baton and allow the younger generation to take over. “I am facing political challenges in my home country, Uganda from President Yoweri Museveni but I will continue to participate in politics as I have the support of the young people in the country and I will continue to represent them in Parliament,” said Wine.
He said that he respected the work of former President Robert Mugabe but said his long rule had however spoiled his legacy.
“I was named Robert by my parents after the legacy of Mugabe. We all know what he did for his country and the continent and also how he destroyed his legacy. We should not allow that to happen again. Young people should take over, now,” he said.
Wine was guest of honour at the MDC Alliance elective congress.