Bobi Wine has accused President Yoweri Museveni if seeking to block his candidature in the next general elections through a series of “trumped-up” legal challenges and a campaign of intimidation.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly referred to as Bobi Wine called on everyone worldwide to “keep their eyes” on Uganda since international attention was the only way to “stop human rights abuses and impunity in the country.
“We have masses and masses of people with us. We have a whole sidelined, excluded generation. If we are defeated in Uganda, that is a defeat for justice, democracy and constitutionalism everywhere. If we win in Uganda, it is a win for freedom,” Wine said in an interview.
Ever since he was elected to parliament in 2017, the musician has rattled the Ugandan authorities during that time he has been assaulted and detained on numerous occasions including treason.
The 38-year-old is one of the new generations of politicians in African who are challenging the long-time regime with the hope of harnessing deep dissatisfaction among the youths, the educated, and the urban voters.
Analysts argue that long-time leaders such as President Museveni have benefited from powerful patronage networks, long-established political machines, and support from the military and other security forces.
The Ugandan President has accused Bobi Wine of trying to incite rioting, something that Wine has denied.
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The legal challenge to Wine’s leadership of the National Unity Platform (NUP) has been launched by two members who alleged that the electoral law was not followed when Wine was appointed. If the court rules that the law was not followed, Wine may not be allowed to run in the coming elections.
Bobi Wine has previously faced other challenges against his candidature based on alleged failures to correctly declare his age and education qualifications.
“I fear for my life every day but I try as much as possible not to think about what could happen to me if I stand firm. I worry about what will happen to coming generations if I do not stand up,” Wine said.