Ugandan pop star and opposition MP Bobi Wine has authoritatively reported that he will keep running for president in the 2021 election.
The 37-year-old will challenge President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for a long time. The artist considers himself the “ghetto president”, and is a savage faultfinder of Mr Museveni.
He was accused of injustice a year ago over the supposed stoning of the presidential guard. He denied the charges and was liberated on bail.
He said, “On behalf of the people of Uganda I am challenging you [Mr Museveni] to a free and fair election in 2021,” Bobi Wine said at an event in the capital, Kampala, to announce his candidacy.
“I know the danger I am going to face to challenge Museveni but I have been encouraged by Ugandans that I am the leader they want.”
The musician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been an MP for two years. He portrays himself as a champion of the poor and sings about social justice and democracy.