‘We Must Be Free or Die Trying.’ Bobi Wine’s Campaign Braves Violence in Uganda

Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine shows a photograph depicting a victim of recent electoral violence, at the Electoral Commission in Kampala, Uganda, Dec. 2, 2020 (AP photo by Ronald Kabuubi).
Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine shows a photograph depicting a victim of recent electoral violence, at the Electoral Commission in Kampala, Uganda, Dec. 2, 2020 (AP photo by Ronald Kabuubi).

A crowd of supporters was swelling around Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine during a rally late last month in the eastern Luuka district, when security forces in riot gear began firing tear gas, pepper spray and bullets into the crowd. The popular singer-turned-parliamentarian was bundled into a police van and thrown in jail, accused of violating COVID-19 guidelines. “Be nonviolent,” he shouted as he was arrested. “We want freedom.” Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is running against Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking a sixth term in next month’s elections. At 38, Wine is half his opponent’s […]

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