Bobi Wine Calls Out Kanye West for 'Immoral' Meeting With Museveni
The Ugandan activist believes Kanye West should have "used his voice for the good of people in Africa."
Wine was referring to West's Monday meeting with Museveni in which he and his wife Kim Kardashian gifted the leader a pair of white Yeezy Boost sneakers. Kanye, who is currently in Uganda recording his forthcoming album Yhandi, decided to meet with Museveni despite his recent attacks on Wine and his rampant crackdown on the opposition.
Museveni, like Kanye, is also a big fan of President Donald Trump. He professed his love for him earlier this year, stating "America has got one of the best presidents ever," he said. "I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak."
At a time when it is more critical than ever for artists to use their platforms constructively, Kanye West has failed. "[West] is hobnobbing with a president who has been in power now for 32 years and restricts any freedom, a country where opposition activists are tortured and imprisoned," said Wine.
"It would have been great if he had used his voice for the good of people in Africa. I'm a musician but I am not allowed to stage a show in my own country because I disagree with the president. It is very disappointing," he added. Recently, the artist organized a concert in Kenya, which he says the Ugandan government has tried to compromise.
Wine has long been a target of the Ugandan government—coming to a boiling point in mid-August when the opposition leader was arrested on charges of treason along with 32 other MPs. While Wine has used his platform to call out government corruption and advocate for the freedom of Ugandans, it seems Kanye has taken a much different approach.