Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has vowed to continue with his fight for freedom hours after the court released him from detention.
Bobi Wine appeared in court on Friday, where he was charged with spreading coronavirus. This move came after police violently arrested him as he went to address his supporters at a rally. That was ironic, considering Museveni has been addressing big crowds since the very start of the campaigns.
Bobi Wine formidable opponent to Museveni
Uganda is due to hold its general elections on January 14, 2021, with Bobi Wine the person more likely to cause the incumbent a fair competition. This is especially true since Bobi Wine has dramatically captured the hearts of the young population of Uganda. This has mainly been through his music, as well as his bold opposition to Museveni.
It was the second time police were arresting Kyagulanyi. They first arrested him on November 4th. This was after he had given in his presidential election nomination papers.
Following his release, Bobi Wine passed through several towns to a widespread greeting from enthusiastic supporters, many of whom cannot wait to see the back of Museveni.
However, Bobi Wine has remained defiant. The legislature sent out a tweet stating that they would continue their fight for freedom.
Message of defiance
“Returned from prison to find over 37 citizens shot dead in two days. Museveni is ready to kill thousands in power like he did on the way in. The hunger for freedom is sweeping over Uganda. He may kill us, but he will not stop the people’s yearning for #freedom.” Bobi Wine said.
His arrest two days ago triggered widespread protests across Uganda, with Kampala especially hard hit. However, the protests soon turned bloody when police intervened violently. The number of those killed currently stands at 37. This figure is according to official police sources.
Kyagulanyi’s arrest caused all opposition leaders in Uganda to suspend their campaigns and join in calls for his release. Furthermore, there were calls of support for Kyagulanyi from various opposition leaders in Africa.