Ugandan pop star and opposition politician known as Bobi Wine has been remanded to a maximum-security prison after being charged over his alleged role in a street protest last year against a tax on social media.
Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and others led an anti-government protest in the capital, Kampala, in July 2018 without prior authorization, according to Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga.
Wine, 37, appeared in a magistrate’s court on Monday wearing his trademark red beret, the symbol of his movement against the long rule of President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power since 1986. Wine will return to court on 2 May, the earliest he can be freed on bail.
His statement on the dock has had the world captivated. Listen to him from the tweet below.
— Abdu Dilshan Wasike (@WasikeAbdu) April 29, 2019
You have secured a place n a big one in the books of history of the world. You can dine with the likes of Mandela,Nkuruma,Luther King n many great names. Uganda is blessed bcoz of u.@HEBobiwine
— Le General H.I.M (@OliechLucas) April 30, 2019
As Wine boarded a prison service van, his supporters chanted the slogan he has recently popularized: “People power!”
The popular singer has emerged as a powerful opponent to Museveni. Wine is urging Uganda’s youth to take over leadership of this east African country and has hinted he may run for the presidency in 2021.
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