Uganda’s Bobi Wine launches party before 2021 polls

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, previously led the political pressure group People Power, which is calling for President Yoweri Museveni to retire

The opposition figure and a staunch critic of the Ugandan government Bobi Wine has launched a new political party – the National Unity Platform – in anticipation of Uganda’s presidential election in 2021.

Bobi Wine says he is determined to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, hence the new party. It has an umbrella as its emblem.

He and members of his pressure group have been arrested several times for criticising the government of President Museveni.

National Unity Platform 

The actor cum singer is now expect to contest Uganda’s 2021 presidential election on the ticket of the newly ormed party.

He became a lawmaker in the East African country in 2017 after winning a seat in Parliament as an independent candidate.

Bobi Wine has since garnered huge support from Ugandans at home and abroad, in his bid to take power from the 75-year-old Museveni.

Museveni has been Uganda’s president since 1986, but his long rule has faced severe opposition in recent years.

Pursuing the “liberation struggle” 

Bobi Wine said launching a political party is “yet another important step in our liberation struggle”.

He argued that the National Unity Platform will unite all fragmented opposition groups seeking to oust Museveni from office.

“We believe in having a platform that will bring in all oppressed Ugandans,” he said in a statement.

“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,” the statement said. 

E A Alanore

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