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Protests swept across Uganda’s capital city of Kampala on Friday after police arrested two opposition lawmakers at the Entebbe airport while they attempted to travel to the United States for medical care.
The reason they needed medical care is that they were allegedly abused while imprisoned by state security forces. One of the lawmakers in question happens to have been among Uganda’s most popular musicians before he became a member of parliament. The ruler he seeks to dethrone is an unpleasant strongman with a four-decade resume who is seen as regrettably important to America’s Africa policy.
Story - July - President - Yoweri - Museveni
The story began in July when 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni decided the time was right to remove the age limit of 75 on his office. Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, therefore became eligible to run again in 2021.
This enraged many younger members of Uganda’s electorate, who feel Museveni has been around too long and is out-of-touch with their concerns and rules with an iron fist despite collapsing infrastructure and rampant corruption.
Supporters - Opposition - Candidate - Kasiano - Wadri—who
Supporters of leading opposition candidate Kasiano Wadri—who was in jail on charges of organizing street violence two weeks ago when he won a seat in parliament that was vacated by assassination—blocked Museveni’s presidential convoy on August 13 and pelted it with stones. Five lawmakers were arrested for playing a role in the convoy attack and subsequent riots, including 36-year-old Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who became a pop star in Uganda under the name “Bobi Wine,” and is very popular among Ugandan youth.
Wine claimed he was campaigning in Arua, the town where the limousine attack occurred when police opened fire on his vehicle and killed his driver. Wine and another MP arrested with him, Francis Zaake, said they were tortured by security police while in detention. A lawyer for the former musician said he was...
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