Blakk Rasta features presidential candidate Bobi Wine on song titled 'Bloody Museveni'

Clay Curtis
February 4, 2021

Museveni, a former guerrilla leader who has led the East African country since 1986, was declared victor of the 14 January election with 59% of the vote, while Wine was given 35%.

Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi who is commonly referred to as Bobi Wine has filed a petition at the Supreme Court in Kampala seeking to cancel President Yoweri Museveni's recent electoral victory.

The 38-year-old singer-turned-lawmaker came a distant second behind veteran leader Museveni in the 14 January vote that followed some of Uganda's worst pre-election bloodshed in years.

"We want nullification of the election".

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, used his youthful energy and a widespread Ugandan love of music to build a large following among young people and present a formidable challenge to Museveni.

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He contended that EC arbitrarily and unlawfully issued campaign guidelines, which hindered a free and fair campaign to his disadvantage, contrary to sections of the Presidential Elections Act.

The Supreme Court must now rule on the petition within 45 days. One of Africa's longest-serving rulers, Museveni has won every election since 1996, nearly all marred by allegations of irregularities. Wine says he has extensive evidence of vote rigging, including ballot box stuffing, voter intimidation and the manipulation of results at individual polling stations.

Wine regained his freedom last Tuesday after Ugandan security forces, who surrounded his home for over a week, were withdrawn by government following a court order.

The party denied the allegations, with Secretary General Lewis David Rubongoya saying it advocates for a "peaceful change of Museveni's government, and not through violence". Someone should tell him that if he must rig elections, he should be a bit smart!

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