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Uganda: Bobi Wine Tactically Merges With Little-known Political Party

Bobi Wine said Wednesday that he realized that his “People Power” pressure group  would not be registered as a political party in the Museveni regime.

Robert Kyagulanyi, the Ugandan pop star turned opposition political bigwig, who goes by the stage name Bobi Wine, has launched a political party as a special purpose vehicle in his bid to oust the country’s longtime leader Yoweri Museveni.

Bobi Wine said Wednesday that he realized that his “People Power” pressure group  would not be registered as a political party in the Museveni regime hence the need to come up with another political party.

“Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I stand here today to announce to the nation that we are unveiling the National Unity Platform,” he said adding that it is the political wing of his movement.

The NUP political party has been in operation for sometime, though little-known. NUP leader Kakonge Kibalama who handed over to Bobi Wine after the merger said  a July 14 NUP delegates conference resolved to ally with Bobi Wine.

Last year, Bobi Wine said he had reached “advanced talks” with opposition parties to field a single presidential candidate in 2021 elections against Museveni, who has ruled the east African country since 1986.

Wine, the 37-year-old reggae singer who says at least 157 of his concerts have been canceled by the government, said he hopes to be the candidate as Uganda has a young population. He is in talks with Kizza Besigye, Museveni’s one-time physician who has run for president unsuccessfully four times.

“If we as opposition come together it will be more or less game over” for Museveni, Wine said on the sidelines of a press conference in Johannesburg where he was receiving an award from Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation. “We hope to agree on a single candidate,” he said, adding that young Ugandans are urging him to run.

Several media reports in Uganda have suggested that government was in final stages of banning People Power Movement before Bobi Wine would use the movement for nominations for president.