Ugandan opposition MP Bobi Wine has called for mass protests against the actions of police and other state injustices meted out on Ugandans, reports the privately-owned Observer newspaper.
“We are encouraged by the people of Algeria who in the past weeks forced a dictator to resign, and the people of Sudan who through peaceful protests forced a powerful despot to give way,” the MP, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, announced from his home in Magere, north-west Uganda.
He was reportedly taken by force to Magere by police who blocked him from holding a press conference in the capital Kampala.
This comes after police prevented the singer-turned-politician from holding a planned music concert at his private club in the Busabala neighbourhood of the capital, citing security concerns.
Bobi Wine has had frequent run-ins with long-time President Yoweri Museveni’s administration.
The MP’s arrest and alleged torture by security forces last August lead to international condemnation, including a petition from pop stars for his release.
Bobi Wine recently announced that he will challenge Museveni in the 2021 polls.