Ugandan Musician and activist, Bobi Wine who was recently arrested by Ugandan Government; has become more determined to topple the current rule of President Yoweri Museveni.
Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-politician who is particularly popular among young Ugandans; was scheduled to begin on Monday a week-long series of consultations ahead of the 2021 presidential poll. However, Police in Uganda arrested the presidential hopeful Bobi Wine and fired tear gas to disperse his supporters; as he sought to kick off public meetings before an election next year.
Standard Digital News reports that Wine was released from prison just a few hours ago and has expressed that; he is even more determined than ever to “unseat” President Yoweri Museveni and bring an end to his three-decade long rule.
Having firmly established himself as President Museveni’s fiercest opposition yet, Bobi Wine started off the new year in police custody; once again after he allegedly “failed to comply with the Public Order Management Act and Electoral Commission guidelines”. His colleagues were also arrested just before the rally in the central district of Wakiso.
Following his release from police custody, Wine said; “Our challenge is we are dealing with a government that does not respect the law. We are telling President Museveni and his police to respect the law and the ground should be leveled.” He ended by saying, “We are taking you on in 2021 and we are winning.”
He was banned from performing in Uganda since 2018 by the current president. And recently Yvonne Chaka Chaka; one of his chief supporters was rumored to be prevented from performing and then Deported From Uganda.
Ugandan Police On Bobi Wine
Speaking to the press yesterday, Ugandan police commander Edson Muhangi said that Bobi Wine was prohibited by law from staging mass gatherings in an open area. “This one is not an enclosed place, we cannot even allow them to be here.” Muhangi added that, “We are reliably informed that their aim is to engage us so that they can be seen exchanging words, fighting with the police and tarnishing the image of Uganda.”
South Africa’s opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), likened President Museveni to the Ugandan Dictator, Idi Amin.
The EFF recently released a statement wherein it’s leaders condemned Bobi Wine’s arrest. The statement reads as follows:
“To require of citizens to first get the police or Electoral Commission’s permission is a violation of the freedom of assembly, which is a fundamental human right that cannot be subject to police authority. The reality is that the authoritarian and power-mongering Museveni wants to impose restrictions on opposition parties, monitor their events and at times refuse them permission, all in the name of clinging to power. He is, in this regard, the perfect emulation of Idi Amin.”