Uganda: Bobi Wine in concert in front of thousands of fans

Bobi Wine. Photo: AFP

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Ugandan singer Bobi Wine, who has become a key figure of opposition to President Yoweri Museveni, gave his first concert for many months in front of several thousand unleashed fans on Saturday on the shores of Lake Victoria.

A large crowd, all dressed in red, to recall the red beret of the singer, had gathered early on the private beach of the latter, called “One Love Beach”, on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala.

It was the first concert of the singer, become in recent months one of the chief detractors of the head of state, since his election as deputy in June 2017, under his real name of Robert Kyagulanyi.

At the age of 36, he became the spokesperson for a young Ugandan urban and often very poor who does not recognize himself in the regime of an aging Museveni (74) and in power since 1986.

In a white outfit and with his red beret, Bobi Wine arrived on stage in the early evening, under the deafening applause of his fans, in the presence of several opposition politicians.

Bobi Wine returned to Uganda in September under close police surveillance after three weeks in the United States for treatment.

He accused the police, who deny, of having beaten and tortured him at the end of August, while he was in custody after being charged with treason following the cackling of Mr. Museveni’s convoy on the sidelines of an election, partial Legislative Assembly in Arua (North) a few days earlier.

His return to the country had led to a further stiffening of power, which had banned all demonstrations, deployed his security forces in large numbers in the streets of Kampala and cut off all traffic on the fast track to Entebbe International Airport, about 40 km from the capital.

© Bur-csa – N.W – African Daily Voice (ADV)