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World Ugandan election pits reggae singer against long-serving Museveni

08:20  14 january  2021
08:20  14 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Pop star-turned-politician challenges Uganda's strongman in presidential election

  Pop star-turned-politician challenges Uganda's strongman in presidential election Pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine is the main opposition candidate challenging Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Thursday's election. But the 38-year-old pop star-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, told Kenyan radio station Hot 96 FM that it's all "worth it.

Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long -time leader Yoweri Museveni against an opposition galvanised by a popular Reggae artist Bobi Wine, 38, is channelling the anger of many young Ugandans who say former guerrilla leader Museveni , now 76, is an out-of-touch

Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long -time leader Yoweri Museveni against an opposition galvanised by a popular Reggae artist Bobi Wine, 38, is channelling the anger of many young Ugandans who say former guerrilla leader Museveni , now 76, is an out-of-touch

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long-time leader Yoweri Museveni against an opposition galvanised by a popular singer despite a campaign marked by brutal crackdowns.

Yoweri Museveni holding a sign: FILE PHOTO: Elections billboards for Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, and opposition leader and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, are seen on a street in Kampala © Reuters/BAZ RATNER FILE PHOTO: Elections billboards for Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, and opposition leader and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, are seen on a street in Kampala

Reggae artist Bobi Wine, 38, is channelling the anger of many young Ugandans who say former guerrilla leader Museveni, now 76, is an out-of-touch dictator failing to tackle rampant unemployment and surging public debt.

Pop star Bobi Wine seeks to unseat five-term president in landmark Ugandan election

  Pop star Bobi Wine seeks to unseat five-term president in landmark Ugandan election Ugandans head to the polls on Thursday as singer-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine looks to deny incumbent President Yoweri Museveni a sixth term. On Tuesday, Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, claimed on Twitter that the army had raided his home and arrested his security guards. The event marked the latest in a series of arrests and violent attacks on Wine himself as well as his supporters, journalists and election officials in recent months.

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long -time leader Yoweri Museveni against an opposition galvanised by a popular singer despite a campaign marked by brutal crackdowns. Reggae artist Bobi Wine, 38, is channelling the anger of many young Ugandans

Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long -time leader Yoweri Museveni against 10 candidates including opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a singer -turned-lawmaker whose star power has rattled the ruling party. Scores of opposition protesters have been killed during a

Museveni calls Wine an upstart who is backed by foreign governments and homosexuals and says his administration guarantees political stability and economic progress including much-needed hydropower dams and roads.

Campaign violence has surpassed previous turbulent elections, with scores killed when security forces cracked down on gatherings of opposition supporters. Opposition candidates, supporters and campaign staff have been repeatedly arrested.

The government says it is stopping illegal gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The opposition says the bans on rallies in some parts of Uganda are a smokescreen for repression.

"If you try to disturb peace, you will have yourself to blame. The security forces, following the law, are ready to deal with any troublemaker," Museveni warned this week, dressed in a military camouflage jacket as he spoke on live TV.

'Museveni Is Scared.' Uganda's Aging Strongman Faces a Challenge from Singer Bobi Wine in an Election Plagued by Unrest

  'Museveni Is Scared.' Uganda's Aging Strongman Faces a Challenge from Singer Bobi Wine in an Election Plagued by Unrest Voters go to the polls on Jan. 14 in an election plagued by repression, voter intimidation and violence . Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is one of 10 candidates challenging 76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, a former general who has been in power since 1986 and who has no intention of stepping down any time soon. He lobbied to lift the constitutionally-mandated age limit for the presidency just as he was about to surpass it, ensuring a continued grip on power.

Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long -time leader Yoweri Museveni against 10 candidates including opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a singer -turned-lawmaker whose star power has rattled the ruling party. Scores of opposition protesters have been killed during a

Campaigning has officially started in Uganda ’s upcoming presidential elections . Young musician Bobi Wine is taking on long-term President Yoweri Museveni . Mr Museveni is one of the continent’s longest serving leaders, having led the country for almost 35 years.

Though Wine has the momentum of energized and aggrieved supporters behind him, Museveni remains the frontrunner to win with the well-equipped army and police behind him, analysts say.

There are 17.7 million registered voters in Uganda and polls will be open from 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) until 5 p.m. on Thursday. The first results are expected to come in by Saturday evening.

"Every bit of the security apparatus will be on the streets. Theoretically that brings calm, but I think we know that just brings flashpoints," said a senior European Union diplomat.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has urged supporters to stay at polling stations after voting to observe tallying, and to take photographs of the results sheets and upload them to an application, U Vote.

However, Ugandans reported problems accessing the internet on the eve of the election and internet monitor NetBlocks said the country was experiencing a nationwide blackout.

Uganda wraps up violent and chaotic election campaign

  Uganda wraps up violent and chaotic election campaign Uganda is bracing for a charged vote next week after a campaign mired in disarray and violence, with President Yoweri Museveni accused of seeking to hold onto power at any cost. Candidates have been arrested, rallies banned, and dozens of protesters killed in the chaotic and bloody runup to the January 14 election, which is going ahead despite a surging coronavirus pandemic. Some 18 million voters are registered for the presidential and parliamentary ballot, which pits Museveni and his dominant National Resistance Movement (NRM) against a host of opposition candidates and parties.

Ugandans go to the polls today to elect a new president. Can a charismatic young musician end Museveni , who took power after the fall of the dictator Idi Amin, is known for bringing stability to But he also has a long history of using violence against his political opponents, and Wine is no exception.

Uganda banned social media on Tuesday, two days ahead of a presidential election pitting Yoweri Museveni , one of Africa's longest - serving leaders, against opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a popular singer .

The internet problems came a day after Uganda banned all social media platforms and messaging apps until further notice.

Museveni apologised for the inconvenience but said Uganda had no choice after Facebook took down some accounts which backed his ruling party.

Birmingham University democracy professor Nic Cheeseman said many who want to heed Wine's call for change were too afraid.

"Previous surveys show that the majority of voters do not believe in change at the ballot box because Museveni is not prepared to leave," he said.

Aggrey Musasizi, 31, a motorbike taxi driver, told Reuters from his village in Uganda's west that he had left the capital Kampala for fear of violence, but he would still vote for Wine.

"It is high time we witnessed change in Uganda. We can't continue in the situation where some of us have seen only one president all our lives."

(Reporting by Nairobi newsroom; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by David Clarke)

Ugandan opposition leader's campaign staff held in barracks - lawyer .
Ugandan opposition leader's campaign staff held in barracks - lawyerSinger-turned-lawmaker Wine, 38, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been arrested multiple times while campaigning ahead of the Jan. 14 vote for breaking laws governing public order and COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

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