Uganda: Bobi Wine charged with ‘annoying’ president

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Ugandan musician and Member of Parliament, Bobi Wine, has been charged with “annoying” the East African country’s leader, President Yoweri Museveni.

The charges date back to an alleged incident in August 2018 where Wine and fellow opposition leaders allegedly threw stones at the president’s convoy. Wine was arrested at the time, accused of carrying a firearm although the charges were dropped and he was ultimately tried for treason – charges that were later thrown out of court.

Wine charged with ‘annoying’ president

Wine is currently out on bail but the singer turned MP could face life in prison if he is convicted of all of the charges against him. The popular opposition figure, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, also faces charges of inciting violence and encouraging people to harm the president.

Kyagulanyi has emerged as a potential presidential candidate who could take on Yoweri Museveni in Uganda’s next election in 2021.

However, the state makes life difficult for Museveni’s biggest opponents and critics. Multi-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has faced multiple charges of treason and repeated arrests during his political career without ever mounting a serious challenge to Museveni’s rule – assuming election results have been accurate.

Wine’s latest charges also come after prominent Ugandan activist, Stella Nyanzi, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for cybercrimes, after posting a poem that criticized Museveni on Facebook.

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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.