Uganda’s Bobi Wine launches new party ahead of 2021 polls

Ugandan opposition figure and a staunch critic of the government, Bobi Wine has launched a new political party ahead of presidential election in 2021,in which he hopes to take on against the country’s long-time leader.

The well known artist and lawmaker, whose genuine name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has driven a political pressure group known as People Power, which has captured the heart and minds of numerous Ugandans with its calls for President Yoweri Museveni’s retirement. 

While Museveni accuses Wine and other opposition figures of encouraging young people into rioting. The 75-year-old Museveni is increasingly accused of relying on the armed forces to stay in power. 

“What we are doing today is to launch a political wing of our movement so as to ensure that our mission to use the election as a strategy within the liberation struggle succeeds.”

Wine said in a statement.

Bobi Wine is calling his new party the National Unity Platform, with an umbrella as its emblem. He has been calling for a united opposition against Museveni.

Wine has been arrested and detained many times, including over a treason charge that he denies. With political rallies now banned, presidential aspirants play cat-and-mouse with security forces seeking to break up anti-government gatherings. 

Bobi Wine won a seat in parliament in 2017 as an independent candidate not backed by any party, His popularity grew when he opposed divisive efforts to prolong Museveni’s rule.