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Museveni Calls Bobi Wine Torture 'Fake News' as #FreeBobiWine Movement Grows

The Ugandan president has released a statement on the alleged torture of Bobi Wine by military forces.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has spoken out about the arrest of musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine for the first time since events unfolded last week, calling reports that he'd been tortured while in police custody "fake news," reports BBC Africa.

In a statement released on Sunday, 74-year-old Museveni says military doctors informed him that Wine had "no head or chest injuries or bone fractures."

"Fellow Ugandans, the events that have occurred in the last few weeks are not isolated," said Museveni. "And we should not treat them in that manner...We must unite in condemnation but also revive the calls for a national dialogue that will lead to justice, accountability and a new Uganda."

The response comes after Wine's lawyer Medard Segona said on Thursday, that the artist's health was in "dire state" and he had been unable to walk or talk properly during his court appearance due to injuries he had sustained.


Eddy Yawe, Wine's brother, spoke to the BBC about Wine's condition, telling the publication that his brother had been"brutally tortured by a group of soldiers, including on his genitals, and that they had injected him several times with an unknown substance."

Wine's supporters have asked that security forces be put on trial for their treatment of the opposition MP. They have also called on the US and EU to block foreign travel for Museveni and members of his administration.

Support for Wine only appears to be growing on social media, as supporters, fans and fellow musicians alike continue to push for his immediate release, and demand that the government #FreeBobiWine.







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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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