Bobi Wine is running for the Ugandan presidential election scheduled for 2021. It could face longtime President Yoweri Museveni, who has yet to reveal his intentions for the games.
“I will challenge President Museveni on behalf of the people,” said Bobi Wine, now considered the leader of the Ugandan opposition, in an interview with The Associated Press.
From his real name Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the 37-year-old singer made his first political appearance in 2017 as an independent candidate. A winning attempt that ensured him a place as a Member of Parliament. With his popularity, he also participates in campaigns organized by other opposition candidates. This further reinforces his image of rebellious Kampala power.
Since his arrival in politics, the rapper-deputy is however faced with multiple challenges including prohibitions to organize rallies or organize concerts on the territory.
Risk of ineligibility
In April, he was interpellated for having organized in July 2018, without notifying the police, a demonstration to denounce a tax against social media. He was finally released on bail in May. He is also charged with treason for the incident in which the president’s convoy was stoned.
If he is found guilty of the crimes with which he is charged, Wine will not be eligible for the presidency, as recommended by the Constitution.
The leader of the people’s movement “People Power” has become the spokesman of a Ugandan urban and often very poor youth, eager to see the end of the regime in place since 1986.