Bobi Wine Have Come Out To Run For Presidency In Uganda
Posted By: GalantMedia Staff
on July 25, 2019
NEWS: Uganda: Bobi Wine to run for presidency – FOREIGN
Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned-leading opposition figure in Uganda, has officially announced taking on long-time President Yoweri Museveni in the countrys 2021 national elections.
“On behalf of the people of Uganda, I am challenging you (Museveni) to a free and fair election in 2021,” the singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, said on Wednesday at an event in the capital, Kampala.
He was wearing a red tie and his signature red beret, which he has called a “symbol of resistance”, a look copied by dozens of his supporters at the event, which came more than a week after saying in an interview that he planned to contest the election.
The 36-year-old has emerged as a leading critic of 74-year-old Museveni, striking a chord with young Ugandans with his songs about social justice.
One of Bobi Wines songs has the lyric “Freedom fighters become dictators”, while others hint that Museveni, who plans to seek a sixth term as the president, has stayed in power too long.
He has faced repeated arrests while authorities have frustrated his efforts to perform.
Bobi Wine first came to prominence in 2017 when, as an independent candidate, he won an election to represent a constituency near Kampala.
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