As Uganda targets a pop star rival, media under pressure

World 05/18/19, 04:37

Until recently the Ugandan pop star and opposition figure known as Bobi Wine could count on news crews trailing him. As his popularity grew in the past year, his activities were increasingly covered live by broadcasters satisfying public interest in his anti-government movement known as People Power.Now that has changed.As ...

Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine is freed on bail

Africa 05/02/19, 08:52

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine was freed on bail Thursday after spending three nights in a maximum-security prison.The lawmaker, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is charged with disobeying statutory authority. He faces trial over staging a street protest in July against a tax on social media.Prosecutors ...

Uganda: Opposition pop star Bobi Wine jailed over protest

Africa 04/29/19, 10:55

The Ugandan pop star and opposition politician known as Bobi Wine was remanded to a maximum-security prison on Monday after being charged over his role in a street protest last year against a tax on social media.Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and others led an anti-government protest in ...

Trump urges Uganda to find kidnappers of freed US tourist

Politics 04/08/19, 08:07

United States President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed, amid conflicting reports over whether a ransom was paid for her release. Kim Endicott was released by her abductors over the weekend and will be turned over to the U.S. ...

Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave

Africa 12/17/18, 04:10

Can one of Africa's longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power?A new movement in Uganda wants to find out, encouraged by the president's tentative embrace of a so-called "national dialogue" as the government is in a showdown with an opposition pop star whose popularity with disaffected young people is ...

Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military

Africa 11/27/18, 05:01

The United States and others are urging Ugandan authorities to fully investigate a military attack on a tribal king's palace two years ago that killed over 100 civilians and was widely condemned.At least 15 children were among the victims of the November 2016 assault targeting a kingdom known as Rwenzururu, ...

Ugandan divers pull bodies from Lake Victoria boat accident

Africa 11/25/18, 05:33

Ugandan diving teams are retrieving bodies from Lake Victoria where police say at least 30 people died in a boat accident near the capital, Kampala.The boat overturned and sank at about 7 p.m. Saturday night, said senior police officer Zurah Ganyana. She said that 27 people were rescued overnight, lower ...

Ugandan pop star-politician performs 1st show since jailing

Africa 11/10/18, 16:07

Ugandan pop star and opposition politician Bobi Wine performed his first concert since he was charged with treason and jailed, a show of defiance Saturday punctuated by anti-government slogans and barbs aimed at the long-time president he is challenging.Thousands of Ugandans attended the lakeside event held outside the capital, Kampala, ...

Africa youth boom on display as Uganda leader faces pop star

Africa 09/21/18, 03:39

Call it a struggle for the soul of the ghetto.Uganda's longtime president this month went on a whirlwind tour of some of the capital's poorest slums, handing out checks totaling over a quarter-million dollars.The next day, residents turned up in the red colors of the opposition and instead gave thanks ...

Update: Uganda’s pop star politician vows to fight on

Africa 09/20/18, 06:54

The Latest on Uganda's pop star politician (all times local):4:25 p.m.Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine is vowing to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying."The singer whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu spoke to reporters shortly after police escorted him home from ...

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