After being prevented by police from holding an Independence Day concert on October 9, musician-turned-politician, Bobi Wine, has called on his compatriots to resist “dictator” President Yoweri Museveni.
In a report initially carried by the BBC, Bobi, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, gave a press conference to outline his frustrations with authorities.
“Dictators are not massaged out of power. Dictators are resisted. President Museveni is scared of the ideas that we represent,” Bobi was quoted as saying.
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Reports state that police surrounded Bobi Wine’s house. Indeed, the presidential hopeful himself took to Twitter to make the claim.
Bobi added in another tweet: “Gen. Museveni, so afraid of a critical microphone is doing everything to silence it. He recently registered himself as a musician in another desperate attempt to counter us. Has been attending concerts of his praise singers. All we say, let there be fairness! This is our country.”
The music star turned MP has since escaped on a motorbike, avoiding arrest by the police officers after they barricaded his home, reports Aljazeera.
Bobi is an independent member of the Ugandan legislature. He, however, has intentions of becoming the president.
When he won his seat in 2017, it made national news. Many would have written off the fervour for him, however, things changed in 2018 when he campaigned for a number of candidates in by-elections and they won.
Since then, he has begun making himself a nuisance to Yoweri Museveni’s government.
Today, his signature red beret that forms part of his fashion has become a favourite of young people. The Ugandan government has since moved to ban these red berets from public display.
Ugandans go to the polls in 2021 to elect a president, with the incumbent looking to maintain his job through the electoral process for the sixth time since 1996.