The two opposition players are amongst the delegation of prominent African leaders that have been invited as special election observers in the looming Kenyan polls.
Bobi, and Besigye have in their own home country protested what they believe is ‘undemocratic elections’ held by President Yoweri Museveni who has held power since 1986.
In the 2006 Uganda polls, Dr. Besigye who had returned from exile in South Africa protested the results from the first polls to be held under multiparty dispensation. Court however declined to nullify the victory of Gen. Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement party.
In 2011, Museveni again unleashed state power and extended his bid after scrapping term limits in 2005. During the 2016 polls, Dr. Besigye protested the results and held a parallel inauguration ceremony and swore himself as president. He was however arrested and detained at Luzira maximum prison over treason.
The following year, Museveni removed the only obstacle left in the constitution challenging his journey to life presidency. Article 102 (b) of the constitution that imposed an age limit of not exceeding 75 years of age on presidency was violently removed to enable Museveni rule for life.
In 2018, a new opposition player emerged. The singer turned politician Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine and the People Power movement became the trend from 2018 sweeping every by-election held under the Museveni regime.
Bobi was tasked to take over from Besigye and challenge Museveni on the 2021 ballot. Bobi says he won the chaotic poll with over 54% but the Electoral Commission was coerced into announcing Gen. Museveni as victor.