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In September 2019, the government of Uganda banned the wearing of red berets, famously worn by Wine and the supporters of the People Power campaign. Despite this Wine and his supporters continue to defy the controversial new law.

Ugandan Military Raids Politician Bobi Wine's Residence

The residence of Ugandan opposition politician, Bobi Wine, has reportedly been raided by the military. This, while he was doing an interview with Hot 96 FM.

According to several media reports, the residence of Ugandan opposition politician, Bobi Wine, has been raided by the military and his security staff arrested. This occurred while he was doing an interview with Hot 96 FM during which he proceeded to leave the studio hastily saying, "Wine said. "I have to end the interview because I can see soldiers beating my security guards." It is not yet known what the grounds are for the raid as no comment has been made by President Yoweri Museveni and his authorities.

READ: Listen to a Podcast Detailing the Life & Times of Iconic Ugandan Activist Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine took to social media and tweeted the events of the morning saying, "The army has this morning raided my home, arrested all my security guards and anyone they could see around my premises." He added that, "No reason for the arrest was given."

Although authorities have not issued a statement as to why the politician's home was raided, it comes as no surprise. Bobi Wine has been no stranger to targeting by Museveni and his authorities since announcing that he would be running for president in this year's national elections which are set to take place in just two days' time. Approximately 18 million Ugandans are currently registered to vote this week in both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Despite the harassment and being labelled as an "enemy of the state", Bobi Wine has expressed that he and his People Power Movement (PPM) party will continue to fight for the poor. Ten candidates are challenging Museveni's three-decade long rule with Bobi Wine leading the charge. More recently, acclaimed Nigerian writer and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, publicly expressed his support for Bobi Wine in the upcoming elections saying that he young opposition leader is Uganda's "face of democracy."

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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