Uganda: Bobi Wine’s offices raided by security forces

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Security officials in Uganda raided the offices of opposition leader Bobi Wine on Wednesday morning, seizing cash and symbolic red berets often worn by the former pop star.

Soldiers and police officers forced their way into the headquarters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) opposition group in the capital, Kampala. Officers seized cash, posters, banners and numerous red berets – the symbol of Wine’s political resistance against the ruling government.

Bobi Wine’s offices raided

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is a popular former pop star who has built an impressive following as a politician – particularly among the younger demographics of Uganda. The opposition leader has set his sights on running for president in next year’s election and he accuses current leader Yoweri Museveni of attempting to prevent his candidacy from being approved.

Wine has endured a difficult political career in his relatively short time as a member of parliament, facing multiple arrests, lengthy detentions and, at one point, charges of treason that were later thrown out of court. The former pop start made a global name for himself after appearing in court with injuries allegedly sustained while in detention that required him to travel to the US for medical treatment.

His international travels provided a global platform for his political message and he surprised many by returning to Uganda after his treatments were completed, vowing to take on Museveni and continue his fight for political change in his home country.

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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.