Who Is Bobi Wine? Uganda 2021 Elections

Africa has been called by many names, the dark and wild country of safaris, the third world, and many more, but it is not called the continent of youth. It is no secret that young people are the future of the African world. They will become the next generation of thought leaders, creators and trainers who will help the African countries at the highest level.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (born February 12, 1982), known by his stage name Bobi Wine, is a Ugandan politician, singer, actor and businessman. He is currently a deputy in Kyadondo East County, Wakiso District, central Uganda. He also leads the People’s Power Movement, our power in opposition to President Yoweri Museveni. In June 2019, he announced his candidacy for the 2021 presidential election in Uganda. Wine has predicted a difficult fight to free Uganda from Museveni’s 34-year rule in his nomination speech: “Today, we close the book of lamentation and open the Book of Acts.”

The election campaigns in Uganda have been fraught with violence especially for the opposition. In November, the government said dozens of people were killed in campaign-related violence. In December, one of Wine’s aides suffered serious injuries from rubber bullets during a confrontation between security forces and opposition supporters. Just three weeks before the presidential vote in Uganda, the death of Wine’s bodyguard threw a spotlight on the violence in the run-up to the poll. Wine said his aide was purposefully run over by a military police vehicle, which the military denied. 

Bobo Wine’s Quotes

I want to live in a free Uganda. But as an ideology, we are people who want to feel that we matter in our country

I’m well educated and well researched and well traveled. But most importantly, if we are to compare with a president that has presided over our country for more than 34 years, he is not as educated as I am. He was not as credible as I am.

You know, all through my musical career, I’ve been singing about the challenges that… people go through

So it’s as if I’ve been campaigning, all my musical career

The Elections Results

The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued in the country. Results are expected by Saturday, 16th afternoon.

President Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office and Wine has been arrested multiple times during the campaigning, he’s his main competitor among 11 opposition candidates. The election took place after one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition leaders, attacks on the media and dozens of deaths. The run-up to polling day was marred by a sustained crackdown on Museveni’s rivals and government critics and unprecedented attacks on the nation’s media and human rights defenders.

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