Ugandan pop star and presidential aspirant Bobi Wine has been charge with intending to “annoy, alarm or ridicule” President Yoweri Museveni.

The charge sheet says that Bobi Wine and his co-accused “wrongfully restrained” the president by “refusing to give him right of way” when he was travelling in northern Uganda’s Arua area in August 2018 to campaign for a ruling party candidate in a by-election.

This showed “intent to alarm, annoy or ridicule” Mr Museveni, the charge sheet says.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has also been charged with inciting violence after being accused of calling on his supporters to physically harm the president, the singer has denied the charges, saying, they are all politically motivated to undermine his presidential ambitions.

Bobi Wine is already facing a treason charge over the incident, and is currently out on bail.

If convicted, he, along with 35 others charged with him, could face a sentence of up to life imprisonment.

The 37-year-old musician has been an MP for two years. He portrays himself as a champion of the poor, and sings about social justice and democracy.

He intends to run against Mr Museveni, 74, in the 2021 election.

Mr Museveni has been in power since 1984, and is seeking to win his sixth term in office.

 

 

 

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