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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Ugandan Opposition Pop Star Imprisoned

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7Dnews London - AP

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:53 GMT

Ugandan pop star and opposition politician Bobi Wine, 37, was taken to a heavily guarded prison on Monday April 29th after being charged with inciting demonstrations using his pages on social media.

A Ugandan police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, told AP that Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and others, led an anti-government demonstration in the capital, Kampala, in July 2018 without the police's prior permission.

Wine stood in front of the court wearing his trademark red beret. When he arrived in the prison van, his supporters chanted the slogan he promoted: "People power!"

His lawyer Robert Amsterdam said that Ugandan authorities should "act immediately to release (Wine) and drop these fabricated charges."

Wine is a popular singer in Uganda and Central Africa, who won a seat in the National Assembly in 2017. His popularity has increased because of opposition to President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986.

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