Uganda's Bobi Wine crisis: The president and the pop star

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni seems to be worried about the popularity of musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine.

Not long after I arrive at the recording studio of the Afrobeats star, a pick-up truck with soldiers pulls up.

Bobi Wine was charged this week with treason – and tension is high in Kamwokya, a slum where he grew up in the capital, Kampala.

But is the 36-year-old, affectionately known as the “ghetto president”, really a threat to Mr Museveni’s three-decade rule?

The show of force indicates the authorities are taking no chances.

The officers file past a wall mural of Bobi Wine as they march into Kamwokya, past a small shop belonging to 26-year-old Idd Kibirige.

He sells everything from music downloads, DVDs, phone chargers and power banks, things any self-respecting millennial would not be without.

Outside speakers blare out Bobi Wine’s biggest hits.

“We’re playing him because he is in prison,” Mr Kibirige says.


Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulani, started his music career here more than 15 years ago.

Image caption When Bobi Wine appeared in court this week, he had to be helped by guards …

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