Uganda: Bobi Wine to run in 2021 election ‘on behalf of the people’

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Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine has announced he will run in the country’s next presidential election in 2021.

The 37-year-old politician will challenge longtime president Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for more than 30 years in the East African nation. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, told the Associated Press news agency on Monday that he will run in the election “on behalf of the people”.

Bobi Wine to run for president in 2021

Opposition leader Bobi Wine has become a leading figure for those demanding political change in Uganda and his highly-publicised court case last year captured the attention of global media outlets, shining the spotlight on a severe lack of political freedoms under the rule of Yoweri Museveni.

The MP has been arrested and detained multiple times since ramping up his political efforts last year and he was even tried for treason last year – charges that were ultimately thrown out of court.

During his initial detention by the military, Wine suffered injuries severe enough for him to travel to the US for specialist treatment ahead of his court case.

Unsurprisingly, the aspiring presidential candidate has expressed concerns about his safety since emerging as President Museveni’s greatest political threat.

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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.