In Uganda, running for the presidency can be a dangerous business – especially for pop star turned politician Bobi Wine.
The 38-year-old, who is the leading opposition in the country’s upcoming presidential election, has told Sky News he has been targeted with bullets and tear gas and “miraculously” survived several attacks in the run-up to the vote.
“It’s not out of fashion to put on a bullet-proof jacket and a ballistic helmet,” he said. “It was an effort to secure my life some more. That is after I survived gun attacks more than once, more than twice, I was targeted. My car was riddled with bullets, flattening old tyres. And at one occasion, the military shoot into the windscreen of my car.
“Miraculously, I’m still alive and nobody was shot dead in my car. However, many of my close allies have been shot dead.”
After making the improbable journey from the slums to the recording studios of East Africa, Wine – real name Robert Kyagulanyi – is now challenging the 35-year rule of Uganda‘s incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni.
His singing career, a genre he describes as “edutainment”, took off in the early 2000s, with lyrics decrying urban poverty and political oppression, backed by catchy, feel-good beats.
Harnessing his musical fame to start a political revolution, he is promising equality, “a Uganda where we are respected and applauded on an international platform, not known for poverty, disease, corruption, and for dictatorship – that’s the Uganda we envision as a generation”.Follow us on social media