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Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine Formally Declares 2021 Presidential Bid

Ugandan singer cum politician, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known by his stage name Bobi Wine has officially announced that he will run for president in the country’s 2021 national elections.

The 37-year-old will challenge President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 33 years.

The singer who has been an MP for two years calls himself the “ghetto president” and is a fierce critic of Museveni. Bobi Wine portrays himself as a champion of the poor and sings about social justice and democracy. Making his presidential declaration on Wednesday at an event in the country’s capital, Kampala, he said:

“On behalf of the people of Uganda, I am challenging you (Museveni) to a free and fair election in 2021.”

“I know the danger I am going to face to challenge Museveni but I have been encouraged by Ugandans that I am the leader they want,” he later told AFP news agency.

We came to the conclusion that we as a generation must challenge President Museveni,” Bobi Wine told Al Jazeera.

“We are not going to wait for anybody else, but we ourselves [will do this]. Right now, as we speak, we are resolved to challenge president Museveni, and my team believes that I can best represent our generation in this cause,” he added.

Bob Wine

Bob Wine | Photo – BBC

The much-talked-about singer first came to prominence in 2017 when as an independent candidate, he won an election to represent a constituency near Kampala. He has faced repeated arrests and was most recently arrested in April for allegedly staging an illegal protest last year, but was released from jail after a few days.

Bobi is also facing treason charges after being arrested with 30 other opposition politicians in August last year for allegedly stoning Museveni’s convoy following a campaign rally. But the singer denied the charges and was freed on bail.

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