Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press Updated 7:35 am CDT, Monday, July 15, 2019 KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Bobi Wine, Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition leader, said on Monday he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in elections set for 2021. "I will challenge President Museveni on behalf of the people," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. But Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said he was concerned about his safety after surviving what he believes was an attempt on his life last August when his driver was shot dead in his car following an incident in which protesters threw stones at the president's motorcade. "I live every day as it comes, not being sure of the next day," he said in an interview at his home just outside the capital, Kampala. "I am not blind to the fact that the regime wants me dead and wants me dead as soon as possible." Wine, who is 37, said he is fearful because "there has never been a threat to this regime like … [Read more...] about Ugandan singer Bobi Wine says he will run for president
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By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Bobi Wine, a Ugandan pop star and lawmaker who is seeking to challenge veteran leader Yoweri Museveni for the presidency, was freed on bail on Thursday after spending two days in jail on charges of staging unlawful protests. Magistrate Esther Nahirya granted bail after hearing Wine's application, but told him he would be returned to jail if he engaged in unlawful demonstrations while free. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rattled authorities with a fast-growing base of supporters who are electrified by his combination of music and biting criticism of Museveni. He was jailed after being charged with several offences stemming from his championing a demonstration against taxes on social media usage last year. Wine told the court after submissions by his attorneys that the charges against him are politically motivated and that he is being persecuted "under the guise of prosecution". "My business is standing for the truth, my … [Read more...] about Ugandan pop star and critic of President Museveni freed on bail
Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press Updated 6:54 am PDT, Thursday, May 2, 2019 Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine, above-right, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, appears for his bail application via a video link from prison, on a television screen also showing the chief magistrate, below-right, and his supporters, left, in a court in Kampala, Uganda Thursday, May 2, 2019. Wine was freed on bail Thursday after spending three nights in a maximum-security prison after being charged with disobeying statutory authority and facing trial over staging a street protest in July against a tax on social media. less Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine, above-right, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, appears for his bail application via a video link from prison, on a television screen also showing the ... more Photo: Ronald Kabuubi, AP … [Read more...] about Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine is freed on bail
What would you do if your government decided to intentionally shut down your access to the Internet? Millions of people around the world have had to answer this question time and time again over the past few years, as government-mandated Internet blackouts are on the rise. Less than a month into 2019, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Zimbabwe have experienced government crackdowns on Internet connections. From 2016 to 2018, 371 separate cases of Internet shutdowns were documented around the world. More than half of them occurred last year alone, according to international non-profit organisation Access Now. Authorities have used a number of reasons to justify the blackouts, including public safety, national security and stopping the dissemination of rumors and illegal content. However, advocacy groups investigating governmental tendencies to exert control over the flow of information don't buy it. They claim it has more to do with silencing opposition movements and … [Read more...] about African governments use Internet shutdowns to silence opposition more and more —what can people do?
Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press Updated 3:13 am CST, Monday, December 17, 2018 FILE - In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 file photo, Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, and his wife Janet Museveni, right, attend his inauguration ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda. A new movement wants to find out whether President Yoweri Museveni's tentative embrace of a so-called "national dialogue", after a government showdown with opposition pop star Bobi Wine, can lead to one of Africa's longest-serving leaders being talked into giving up power. less FILE - In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 file photo, Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, and his wife Janet Museveni, right, attend his inauguration ceremony in the capital Kampala, Uganda. A new ... more Photo: Stephen Wandera, AP … [Read more...] about Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave