Police arrested Bobi Wine during a public protest and dispersed his supporters with tear gas.
Becoming the spokesperson of the urban youth who does not recognize himself in the aging regime of Museveni, the singer had announced his candidacy for the presidential Elections of 2021.
The Ugandan police arrested the opposition deputy and singer Bobi Wine, on Monday January 6, dispersing his supporters with tear gas, during a public meeting for the presidential election of 2021.
Better known by his name as an artist, Robert Kyagulanyi, 37, elected MP in 2017, became the words of the urban and often very poor Ugandan youth who do not recognize themselves in the aging regime of
President Yoweri Museveni, 74 years old.
He has been arrested or placed under house arrest numerous times since 2018, notably in the context of his indictment for having organized an illegal rally in July 2018. Prosecutions according to him politically
motivated. The man also announced in July his intention to run for the Ugandan presidency in the 2021 elections and was to launch a series of public meetings to prepare it. But police intervened on Monday,
preventing the first of them from being held in a Catholic church in his Kampala constituency, an AFP journalist said.
The youth’s candidate
Bobi Wine’s supporters set tires on fire and blocked roads. The police used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Police spokesman Fred Enanga confirmed the arrest of Bobi Wine and
several of his entourage. “We temporarily hold them in the Kasangati police station. They will soon be released, but we are studying the possibility of prosecuting them for having organized an unauthorized rally and
for disobedience, “he told AFP.
Mr. Museveni, born August 15, 1944, is the only president that most Ugandans know, in a country where one in two people is under the age of 16.
At the initiative of the ruling party, the Constitution was recently amended to remove the age limit for running for the presidency, thereby authorizing him to run for a sixth term in 2021.
Recall that the Ugandan president began a march on Saturday. six days in the jungle to retrace the route taken by his guerrillas when he seized power in Kampala more than thirty years ago.
By Subiru Madina