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Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine)

Date of Birth: 12 February 1982
Place of Birth: Mpigi District (now Gomba District)


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Museveni widens the tent

The President means to divide the opposition and repair the damage to his reputation caused by the Bobi Wine protests and defuse them, Kampala pundits are saying (AC Vol 59 No 18, Wave of protests rattles Museveni)...


Museveni to tough it out

Thousands of new security personnel are being deployed to meet the threat of mass civil unrest after the triumphant return to Kampala of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to huge crowds on 20 September...

In yet another rambling address to the nation on TV and radio on 18 September, President Yoweri Museveni prepared for Bobi Wine's return by saying he was mobilising self-defence forces and reserves totalling 24,000 men and women...

The show of force is characteristic of the tactics developed by disgraced former police chief General Kale Kayihura to crack down on urban protest movements led by opposition figures such as Bobi Wine and his People Power movement and his predecessor in widespread social protest, Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change...

So far, Bobi Wine has the backing of former army commander Gen Mugisha Muntu but not the more radical opposition faction led by Besigye...

When Bobi Wine was expected at Entebbe Airport, the police and the army sealed off the road to Kampala and deployed tear-gas trucks, armoured cars, roablocks and scores of armed patrols...

Soldiers in trucks swamped the area near Bobi Wine's home, beating civilians with sticks in an effort to deter people from going out...

Foreign interestsAccording to the President, Bobi Wine is a catspaw of foreign interests such as NGOs, which are often blamed for instigating protests...

The prevailing wisdom in the intelligence services is that if Bobi Wine is cut off from international support the protests will fade away...

Jacqueline Wolfson, founder and chief executive of the Shule Foundation, an education charity, was deported on 9 September after the state accused her of using her organisation as a cover to fund Bobi Wine...

That the 'Crime Preventers', whom the opposition accuse of being a pro-government militia, for example, did not rise up in a counter-protest against Bobi Wine suggests that the strategy has been a failure...


Wave of protests rattles Museveni

Ever since President Yoweri Museveni's personal guards beat up and almost killed the popular musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, on 14 August, the normally effective mixture of security force brutality and mass detentions has failed to quell growing protest...

What began as popular outrage at the treatment of Bobi Wine in detention, including savage beatings and torture, has become a general protest against the impunity of Museveni, his family, the security forces, and their arbitrary exercise of power...

A private member's bill to raise the limit caused a furore two years ago, and when legislation came to parliament in September last year, passing eventually, troops were sent into the parliamentary chamber after fisticuffs broke out among the MPs, among them Bobi Wine...

Bobi Wine's diffuse 'People Power' movement might have eventually faded away had it not been for Museveni's personal order – so Kampala sources report – to have him 'disciplined' after he went to the north-western border town of Arua to hold an election meeting on 13 August...

Members of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) were challenging the ruling National Resistence Movement (NRM) for the seat but it was Kasiano Wadri, an ex-MP backed as an independent by Bobi Wine who was victorious in the poll...

Hotel attackSoldiers with the elite Special Forces Command (SFC – the new name for the Presidential Guard), of which Museveni's son Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba has been commander, descended on the hotel where Bobi Wine and other opposition politicians were staying, breaking down doors, firing their weapons and beating Bobi Wine and others with metal bars...

Witnesses say Bobi Wine's driver, Yasin Kawuma, was shot dead...

Bobi Wine's whereabouts were unknown for 72 hours...

He may have been provoked, sources say, by stones hitting one of the cars in his convoy, or possibly by the sheer size of the crowds that have been greeting Bobi Wine at his rallies and concerts...

When it appeared that Bobi Wine and another critically battered MP, Francis Zaake, might die in custody, they were hurriedly treated – Bobi Wine by army doctors – before being released...

Bobi Wine is among 33 who have been charged with treason...

The treason charges and a hastily released picture of guns supposedly recovered from Bobi Wine's hotel did not do the trick...

Public pressure –especially from international coverage of the affair – forced the army on Museveni's orders to suspend the court martial of Bobi Wine and allow him to leave the country...

In a meeting with NRM MPs after the Bobi Wine controversy started – after which Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga wrote to him asking him to explain the torture allegations – he reportedly said he could even abolish Parliament if he wanted to...

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The seven ages of Museveni

The day the bill was tabled, police cordoned off the home of opposition leader Kizza Besigye and arrested MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka 'Bobi Wine', who has become one of the main faces of resistance against the amendment...


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