Bobi Wine: Ugandan music star arrested hours after announcing presidential nomination | World News


Police have again arrested the popular Ugandan singer Bobi Wine – just hours after he became an opposition presidential candidate.

Wine, who is bidding to unseat Uganda’s long-time leader, was dragged from his car by police.

NBS Television said the singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was taken into a police van amid violent scuffles between officers and his supporters.

Authorities have frequently accused Wine of planning rallies that could disrupt public order, which he has denied.

Critics say President Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986, increasingly depends on the armed forces to assert his authority.

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Wine’s age and his music have earned him a large following in the relatively young country

And on Monday, as the incumbent was nominated again as an election candidate, he warned that anyone disturbing the peace would regret their actions.

He said: “There’s nobody who is going to disturb here. Whoever tries will regret. Because for us, we don’t play.

“The [ruling party] fought to bring peace in this country. Nobody has more guns than us. But we don’t scare people.”

The electoral commission has not fixed a date for the polls.

Wine, 38, has captured the imagination of many Ugandans with his persistent calls for Mr Museveni, 76, to retire. He is especially popular with those from poorer urban areas.

The musician wrote a song in the early days of the pandemic encouraging people to wash their hands, and has built up a following among Uganda’s younger voters – about 75% of the population is below the age of 30.

“We now enter the most critical phase of our liberation struggle!” he tweeted after having his candidacy certified.

Wine and other opposition leaders have been frequently arrested in recent years – sometimes in their own homes, by police claiming they are preventing crimes from being committed.

The east African nation has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since its independence from British colonial rule in 1962.



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Footballer beaten to death by teammates, Churchill Owaci, Ugandan football, murder investigation


A Ugandan footballer was tragically killed over the weekend after he was brutally assaulted by his own teammates.

Churchill Owaci, 22, reportedly made a defensive error in a local football league game in the Lamwo District that led to his side conceding a goal.

His teammates, according to the chairperson of the Agoro Sub County where Owaci lived, pounced on the central defender after the goal.

He was badly beaten before his teammates were pulled off him.

A witness claims Owaci’s defensive blunder may have been as the result of a big night prior to the match, with the player setting foot on the field under the influence of alcohol.

The altercation continued after the match when Owaci pushed one of his teammates on a bicycle.

“Later after the game, the deceased in a revenge act pushed one of the people that had earlier beaten him, from the bicycle which provoked another fight,” the Agoro chairperson Denis Onyon said.

“The deceased collapsed a few metres away from the fight scene and was rushed to Agoro Health Centre III, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later,” he said.

Two brothers have been detained as suspects in an open murder investigation



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Joshua Cheptegei’s incredible year continues as Ugandan destroys 10,000 metres world record by 6 seconds



Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei smashed the men’s 10,000 metres world record, while Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey demolished the women’s 5,000m mark, as the Valencia World Record Day event lived up to its name.

Cheptegei crossed the line at a near-empty Turia stadium in a stunning 26 minutes 11.02 seconds to beat the time of 26:17.53 set in 2005 by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele by over 6 seconds.

The achievement capped an outstanding 12 months for Cheptegei, 24, who won the gold medal in the 10,000m at last year’s World Championships in Doha, and in August took Bekele’s 5,000m record at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

Last December, also in Valencia, Cheptegei smashed a decade-long record in 10km road racing by 6 seconds.

Only 400 people including sponsors, journalists and staff were allowed into the event due to strict coronavirus measures in Spain, but Cheptegei still savoured the moment with a lap of honour, wrapped in the Ugandan flag and wearing a crown.

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Cheptegei’s outstanding display finished off a perfect event from the organisers’ point of view after Gidey, 22, broke the women’s 5,000m world record by more than 4 seconds, crossing the line in 14:06.62.

Gidey easily beat the previous record of 14:11.15 set by her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba in Oslo in 2008.

“This is a longtime dream for me, I’m very happy, this is very big for me,” said Gidey.

The event was organised by Cheptegei’s NN Running Team of the Netherlands, and he and Gidey were helped to the finish line by pacers as well as Wavelight technology, which flashes lights on the inside of the track to indicate a specific pace.

Reuters



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