Uganda: Bobi Wine arrested, sent to maximum-security prison

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Ugandan opposition MP and popular musician Bobi Wine has been arrested and sent to a maximum-security prison over his alleged role in a street protest last year.

Authorities in Uganda accuse the lawmaker of being involved in a street protest against a social media tax without getting approval prior to the march. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, appeared in magistrate’s court on Monday to address the charges against him, dressed in his trademark red beret with the words “people power” written across the front.

Wine appears in court again

Pop star and opposition politician Bobi Wine has spent much of the past two years in and out of police custody with a highly publicised incident last year seeing him face charges of treason – charges which were later dropped. The 37-year-old is an outspoken critic of long-serving president Yoweri Museveni and his anti-government messages are striking a chord with much of Uganda’s younger population.

Now, the politician finds himself facing court charges again, this time over his alleged involvement in a street protest against a social media tax last year.

One of the MP’s attorneys, Robert Amsterdam, has called upon authorities in Uganda to immediately release his client and drop the “fabricated” charges held against him.

Museveni’s government accuses Wine and other opposition figures of encouraging young people in the country to riot.

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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.