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

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Ugandan opposition figure and a staunch critic of the government, Bobi Wine has launched a new political party ahead of presidential election in 2021.

The popular singer and lawmaker, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has led a political pressure group known as People Power calling for President Yoweri Museveni’s retirement.

He has been calling for a united opposition against Museveni, a U.S. ally on regional security who has led the East African country since 1986.

The 75-year-old Museveni is accused by the opposition of relying on the armed forces to stay in power.

The lawmaker has been arrested or detained many times, including over a treason charge which he deniesBobi 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.

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