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Singer dragged to court for ‘annoying’ the president

EXTRA: Ugandan singer charged with 'annoying' the president

Bobi Wine, Ugandan singer-cum-politician,
has been charged with intending to “alarm, annoy or ridicule” Yoweri Museveni,
president of the country.
According to BBC, the 37-year-old
singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, appeared before a court on
Tuesday, where he was also accused of instigating violence and calling on his
supporters to inflict physical harm on Museveni.
The singer and his cohorts
“wrongfully restrained” the president by “refusing to give him right of way”
during a trip in northern Uganda’s Arua area in August 2018.
Wine, who is currently out on
bail following his previous arrest in April, risks a maximum sentence of life
imprisonment if convicted.
He was charged alongside 35

Ssentamu was arrested and charged
with treason for allegedly throwing stones at Museveni’s presidential motorcade
during a by-election campaign on August 14, 2018
Following his release, he was
arrested again and detained on April 21, 2019, after he was charged for his
role in a 2018 street protest against a tax.
The singer has built a large
following among youths on account of his criticism of Museveni — a long-time
leader who has been in power for 32 years — through his activities in the
parliament and through his music.

He also announced in July that he
would take on Museveni in 2021 national elections.


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