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Bobi Wine Is 'Seriously Considering' Challenging President Museveni in Uganda's 2021 Elections

The musician and opposition lawmaker says he plans on galvanizing young people to vote in a new interview with CNN.

Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is likely to take Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to task in the country's 2021 presidential elections, CNN reports.

Speaking with CNN's Robyn Curnow, the musician and opposition lawmaker says he's "seriously considering" challenging Museveni after hearing the many calls for him to stand in the next elections.


Wine also touched on his efforts to launch a grassroots movement for young people to be encouraged to head to the polls. Because Museveni has changed the constitution twice to extend his stay in office (despite ruling Uganda since 1986), such dictatorships have been able to last due to the suppression of young people, he says. Empowering the youth to vote could change that.

"We started a campaign calling upon all people of Uganda, especially the young people that have been so apathetic to go ahead and register themselves and be voters. Not just supporters but voters," Wine says to CNN. "We believe that by the time we get to the election which is about two years away, we will have many Ugandans registered as voters and overwhelming Museveni looks like our only way out."

Museveni, however, has yet to officially announce that he will be contesting to remain Uganda's president in the next elections. Ofwono Opondo, a spokesperson for the government was also dismissive of Wine's statement.

"Wine is being presumptive, perhaps to ride on Museveni's name to gain some international attention. Otherwise, it is his right to do so if he really wants to run for the Presidency of Uganda," Opondo says in a statement to CNN. "It's not up to Museveni to prepare a handover. His job is to ensure elections are organized and held, regularly and on time and the winner according to the popular vote will lead Uganda."

Revisit our conversation with the Ghetto President here.

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