KAMPALA, 3 November 2020 – Popular Ugandan musician turned politician, Bobi Wine, has received the nod of approval to run in Uganda’s presidential election next year.
The clearance came Monday from the country’s electoral commission, which says a total of 11 opposition candidates will be in the race.
Incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni, who will be running for another term, has been in power since 1986.
Thousands of fans of Bobi Wine (real name, Robert Kyagulanyi) poured into streets in the capital, Kampala, to celebrate, leading to the arrest of dozens by the police which blamed them for disturbing the peace.
The 38-year-old Bobi Wine, who was elected to parliament in 2017, has been roughed up by Ugandan police. His rallies have been dispersed and his supporters brutalized, arrested and detained.
A court in Uganda charged him with intentionally seeking to “alarm, annoy or ridicule” President Museveni. The court has also accused him of inciting violence and calling on his supporters to physically harm Museveni.
Bobi Wine has denied the allegations.