President Yoweri Museveni, gestures with booklets as he speaks during a press conference at his country home in Rwakitura. Photo: Isaac Kasamani
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Bobi Wine charged with “annoying” Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni

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It is an offence to now “annoy” President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. This was one of the charges filed against Ugandan Member of Parliament, and “Ghetto President”, Robert Kyagulanyi widely known as Bobi Wine.

Ugandan Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine had fresh charges brought up against him. According to a BBC report, Bobi Wine showed “intent to alarm, annoy, or ridicule,” Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The charges drawn up against Bobi Wine stem from August 8, 2018 when President Museveni was campaigning in a by-election and had his convoy “allegedly stoned by opposition supporters”.

This is not the first time the Ugandan government has made bogus charges on those opposed to President Museveni’s three-decade rule. Professor Stella Nyanzi, a former Makerere University lecturer was convicted of cyber harassment and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on the 1st of August, 2019.

Prof. Nyanzi, while addressing the court said, “I intend to annoy Yoweri Museveni. We are tired of his dictatorship.” Prof. Nyanzi, had in a Facebook post referred to President Museveni as a “pair of buttocks”.

Read: Stella Nyanzi: the formidable feminist foe Museveni has failed to silence

Read: How Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power

One of the major problems with liberation leaders on the continent is the lack of consciousness to know when to leave the stage of power. Their time in office ends up being remembered more for the incredulity and arrogance of power than anything else. Development stalls and the citizens suffer from a myriad of challenges from unemployment to poverty.  Zimbabwe has suffered such a fate, and Uganda face a similar threat.

With Bobi Wine’s determination and already announced readiness to participate in the 2021 presidential elections, he stands as President Museveni’s greatest threat to power. The charges against Bobi Wine came up after he announced his plan to contest against President Museveni.

Bobi Wine appeared before the court on Tuesday, the 6th of August. The political crackdown on opposition members of the government brings to fore President Museveni’s plan to continue ruling.

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