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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (born 12 February 1982), known by his stage name Bobi Wine, is a Ugandan politician, singer, actor, and businessman. He currently serves as Member of Parliament for Kyadondo County East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region.

Bobi Wine, 38, is half the age of Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, a 76-year-old former rebel leader who seized power in 1986 – and has held onto it since.

Before his entry into politics, Bobi Wine was a self-styled “ghetto president”. He grew up in Kamwokya, a slum in the centre of Kampala, with dozens of siblings and half-siblings.

It was there where he began making music, producing a number of reggae, pop and hip hop hits. But his music became increasingly political over time. In songs such as Rise Up and Freedom, he complained about corruption and called for change. And in 2017, Bobi Wine was elected as an independent MP for Kyadondo East, winning by a landslide.

Most of the team of the music star-turned-politician who is taking on the country’s president of 35 years have been imprisoned during a campaign season marred by deadly violence.

Scores of his supporters were killed in November and others badly wounded as police violently broke down opposition rallies, often firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been repeatedly arrested himself and in recent weeks campaigned in a flak jacket and ballistic helmet.

“We, the leaders, are servants; you are the true masters, take your destiny in your hands,” he urged Ugandans on Tuesday. “It is going to be a revolutionary election, let this be a protest vote.”

Bobi Wine, 38, is half the age of Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, a 76-year-old former rebel leader who seized power in 1986 – and has held onto it since.

Before his entry into politics, Bobi Wine was a self-styled “ghetto president”. He grew up in Kamwokya, a slum in the centre of Kampala, with dozens of siblings and half-siblings.

It was there where he began making music, producing a number of reggae, pop and hip hop hits. But his music became increasingly political over time. In songs such as Rise Up and Freedom, he complained about corruption and called for change. And in 2017, Bobi Wine was elected as an independent MP for Kyadondo East, winning by a landslide.

He rose to international attention in August 2018 when he was arrested in in Arua, northwestern Uganda, and his driver was shot dead. In prison, Bobi Wine says he was tortured.

When he was released on bail, he travelled to the United States, gathering support and getting medical treatment.

Since then Bobi Wine has been one of the most loved Public figures all over the world. Congratulations Bobi Wine

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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