Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine has been remanded to Luzira maximum-security prison after being charged over his alleged role in a street protest last year against a tax on social media.
Wine led an anti-government protest in the capital, Kampala, in July 2018 without the police’s prior authorization. The Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga has confirmed the arrest of Bobi Wine, Uganda’s major opposition figure who has resisted the rule of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Wine, 37, appeared in a magistrate’s court wearing his trademark red beret, the symbol of his movement against the long rule of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986. The judge adjourned the court and Wine was sent into coolers till May 2 when the court will sit again.
As Wine boarded a prison service van, his supporters chanted the slogan he has popularized: “People power!”
Robert Amsterdam, one of Wine’s attorneys, urged Ugandan authorities to “act immediately to release (Wine) and drop these fabricated charges.”
The popular singer has emerged as a powerful opponent to Museveni. Wine is urging Uganda’s youth to take over leadership of Uganda and has hinted he may run for the presidency in 2021.
He has had several rough encounters with the security forces, including being detained briefly inside his own home on the outskirts of Kampala last week by police who said they wanted to protect public order.
Bobi Wine also faces separate treason charges stemming from an incident in which Museveni’s presidential convoy was attacked by stone throwers during a campaign event in a northern town last August.