Bobi Wine: Museveni plans to rig 2021 election


Ugandan pop star and politician Bobi Wine says President Yoweri Museveni will attempt to rig presidential elections in 2021 that could see the leader become president for life.

However, Bobi Wine, who has emerged as the favourite candidate to run against Museveni in 2021, has warned the people of Uganda will rise up and prevent any attempts to influence the outcome of the election.

Bobi Wine warns Yoweri Museveni

Robert Kyagulanyi, who goes by the stage name Bobi Wine, is the new face of political opposition in Uganda where Yoweri Museveni has ruled for more than 30 years. The country’s long-time president has resisted popular opposition figures throughout his career to maintain power for three decades and another election win in 2021 could see him become president for life.

However, Bobi Wine is posing what many are calling the biggest threat to Museveni’s tight grip on power and the pop star-turned-politician is especially popular with younger people who play an increasingly important role in every election.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, the presidential hopeful says Museveni will attempt to rig the election, as he has done in the past, but warned the people of Uganda will rise up and resist his efforts. While insisting he doesn’t believe in violence, Wine says Ugandans are ready for political change and won’t allow the ruling government to maintain its grip on power.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.