The presidential election takes place Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Uganda. Ugandan music superstar Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, is the top contender to face Yoweri Museveni. He has just released a new song to call on his fellow citizens to vote for change. Bobi Wine gave an exclusive interview to James Shimanyula of DW.
“I want to call on everyone to vote massively to overthrow the regime peacefully, through the ballot box. […] I salute a lot of things Yoweri Museveni did when he came to power. But unfortunately it is in decline. At the moment, what the army is doing is worrying “, says Bobi Wine to DW.
Bobi Wine was four years old when Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986.
As in these few verses, Bobi Wine has never hidden his political opinions in his songs: “Watch our leaders become interventionists, our mentors become our tormentors, the freedom fighters become dictators.”
Since entering politics in 2017, and even more since he announced his intention to run for president last year, Bobi Wine has come under enormous pressure from the government.
Last November, his arrest sparked riots, several dozen protesters were killed in the crackdown.
“Everything we do is legal. Our laws say that candidates must campaign, that elections are free and fair. But they are not. President Museveni has destroyed institutions, he has taken control over Parliament, justice. He hates losing but it is precisely what he is doing that will make him lose. “
This Tuesday [12.01.21], Bobi Wine claims that soldiers raided his home in a forceful way, beat two gardeners and arrested one of his security guards.
Several members of his campaign team are currently in detention.
Social networks have been suspended by Ugandan authorities.