Bobi Wine explains aborted trip to USA

Saturday September 25 2021

NUP party president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu. PHOTO/MICHAEL Kakumirizi

By Benson Tumusiime


KAMPALA. National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was on Thursday morning blocked from proceeding to the United States for failure to meet Covid-19 related requirements.

Bobi Wine was scheduled to attend the Uganda Action Day and Convention in the United States, and was already en route before he was told he could not continue.

Bobi Wine told the media at his party offices in Kamwokya, Kampala, and yesterday that, indeed, his trip to United States had aborted.

“I was told that USA has a policy that if you have been to South Africa, you have to spend 14 days before you proceed to USA, that’s why I returned, but after 14 days, I will go there. Meanwhile, I will follow the planned activities from here in Uganda; virtually,” he said.


“When I got to Doha in Qatar, it was noted that I had been to South Africa less than two weeks back. Apparently, there are still coronavirus-related restrictions for anyone who has been to South Africa (and a host of other countries) from proceeding to the United States until after 14 days,” Bobi Wine said .

“Unfortunately, we didn’t detect this earlier. Officials at Entebbe were also unaware of this restriction so they did not advise about it. It is on that account that I had to cancel my onward travel to USA and return to Uganda this morning,” he added.

Bobi Wine said he will now attend the two conferences virtually from Kampala, while other NUP leaders, including MP Francis Zaake and Chairman Nyanzi represent him at the meet.

“I apologise for any inconveniences this may cause to all of you who anticipated my physical presence at the convention and other events. In the coming weeks, I will definitely be able to come for various interactions and events,” Bobi Wine added.