Daily Archives: July 15, 2019

Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine Plans to Run for President in 2021

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine said Monday he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in a 2021 election on behalf of the people.”

But Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said he is concerned about his safety after what he believes was an attempt on his life last August. His driver was shot dead in his car after protesters threw stones at the president’s motorcade.

Wine’s arrest at the time sparked protests in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The 37-year-old said he is fearful of harm from running for president because there has never been a threat to this regime like the threat we pose to it today as a generation.”

I live every day as it comes, not being sure of the next day,” Wine said in an interview with The Associated Press. I am not blind to the fact that the regime wants me dead and wants me dead as soon as possible.”

Authorities have repeatedly denied Wine is being targeted.

As the leader of a popular movement known as People Power,” Wine has captured the imagination of many who want to see the exit of Museveni, a U.S. ally on regional security who has held power since 1986 and looks set to seek a sixth term.

Wine said his aim ahead of the election is to multiply myself in various young men and women, so that there are as many Bobi Wines as possible.”

Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since the East African country gained independence from Britain in 1962.

Power has been taken away from the people by those that wield guns, and that’s what we want to put an end to through the vote,” he said.

Wine first came to national prominence in 2017 when, as an independent candidate, he won election as a lawmaker representing a constituency near Kampala. He has since successfully campaigned for other opposition candidates, raising his profile as a leader and attracting encouragement to run for president.

Wine is a symbol,” a potential catalyst for change in a country where many young people are jobless and angry over official corruption, said Mwambutsya Ndebesa, history lecturer at Uganda’s Makerere University. He can still be symbolically a game changer in a system where the political space has been narrowed.”

Yet the singer’s candidacy comes with multiple challenges, including limited opportunities to hold rallies or stage concerts. Police violently foiled his recent attempts to hold public events, firing bullets and tear gas. Authorities insist such action is necessary in order to protect public order.

Wine also faces treason charges stemming from his alleged role in the incident in which the president’s convoy was attacked with stones. Prosecutors added additional charges of annoying the president over that incident. He also is charged with the offense of disobeying statutory authority after he led a demonstration against a new tax targeting social media. He denies all the charges.

Wine would be ineligible to run for president if he were to be convicted of any of those crimes.

We know that the regime is going to try anything within their reach to block us from contesting,” Wine said.

Museveni, who is 74 and remains popular among some Ugandans, is expected to run again after parliament passed legislation removing a clause in the constitution that prevented anyone over 75 from holding the presidency.

As the bill was being debated, security personnel during one chaotic session entered the parliamentary chamber and roughed up opposition lawmakers, including Wine, who had been trying to delay a procedural vote.

The president accuses Wine and other opposition figures of trying to lure young people into deadly rioting.

Museveni’s party, which dominates the national assembly, has endorsed him as its sole candidate for the next election. The opposition is divided, with veteran opposition figures frequently attacking each other in public.

Although Wine’s rise as a possible presidential contender has energized the opposition, it also has exposed rifts among the opposition figures who hope to take power after Museveni.

As Wine’s stature rose, tensions grew between him and Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate who has been Museveni’s most serious election opponent. Besigye was criticized by Wine’s supporters after he suggested that the singer was not yet ready to become president, underscoring how difficult it will be for the opposition to unite against Museveni.

Source: Voice of America

Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine Plans to Run for President in 2021

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine said Monday he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in a 2021 election on behalf of the people.”

But Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said he is concerned about his safety after what he believes was an attempt on his life last August. His driver was shot dead in his car after protesters threw stones at the president’s motorcade.

Wine’s arrest at the time sparked protests in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The 37-year-old said he is fearful of harm from running for president because there has never been a threat to this regime like the threat we pose to it today as a generation.”

I live every day as it comes, not being sure of the next day,” Wine said in an interview with The Associated Press. I am not blind to the fact that the regime wants me dead and wants me dead as soon as possible.”

Authorities have repeatedly denied Wine is being targeted.

As the leader of a popular movement known as People Power,” Wine has captured the imagination of many who want to see the exit of Museveni, a U.S. ally on regional security who has held power since 1986 and looks set to seek a sixth term.

Wine said his aim ahead of the election is to multiply myself in various young men and women, so that there are as many Bobi Wines as possible.”

Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since the East African country gained independence from Britain in 1962.

Power has been taken away from the people by those that wield guns, and that’s what we want to put an end to through the vote,” he said.

Wine first came to national prominence in 2017 when, as an independent candidate, he won election as a lawmaker representing a constituency near Kampala. He has since successfully campaigned for other opposition candidates, raising his profile as a leader and attracting encouragement to run for president.

Wine is a symbol,” a potential catalyst for change in a country where many young people are jobless and angry over official corruption, said Mwambutsya Ndebesa, history lecturer at Uganda’s Makerere University. He can still be symbolically a game changer in a system where the political space has been narrowed.”

Yet the singer’s candidacy comes with multiple challenges, including limited opportunities to hold rallies or stage concerts. Police violently foiled his recent attempts to hold public events, firing bullets and tear gas. Authorities insist such action is necessary in order to protect public order.

Wine also faces treason charges stemming from his alleged role in the incident in which the president’s convoy was attacked with stones. Prosecutors added additional charges of annoying the president over that incident. He also is charged with the offense of disobeying statutory authority after he led a demonstration against a new tax targeting social media. He denies all the charges.

Wine would be ineligible to run for president if he were to be convicted of any of those crimes.

We know that the regime is going to try anything within their reach to block us from contesting,” Wine said.

Museveni, who is 74 and remains popular among some Ugandans, is expected to run again after parliament passed legislation removing a clause in the constitution that prevented anyone over 75 from holding the presidency.

As the bill was being debated, security personnel during one chaotic session entered the parliamentary chamber and roughed up opposition lawmakers, including Wine, who had been trying to delay a procedural vote.

The president accuses Wine and other opposition figures of trying to lure young people into deadly rioting.

Museveni’s party, which dominates the national assembly, has endorsed him as its sole candidate for the next election. The opposition is divided, with veteran opposition figures frequently attacking each other in public.

Although Wine’s rise as a possible presidential contender has energized the opposition, it also has exposed rifts among the opposition figures who hope to take power after Museveni.

As Wine’s stature rose, tensions grew between him and Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate who has been Museveni’s most serious election opponent. Besigye was criticized by Wine’s supporters after he suggested that the singer was not yet ready to become president, underscoring how difficult it will be for the opposition to unite against Museveni.

Source: Voice of America

Lawyer Carlos Burity wins contest in TC

Luanda – Academic Carlos Alberto Bravo Burity da Silva won the public tender for the appointment of a counsellor to the Constitutional Court (TC), currently chaired by Manuel Miguel da Costa AragAPound o.

Carlos Alberto Burity da Silva has been a professor of law for decades in the subject of General Theory of Civil Law.

According to a TC publication released in this Friday edition of the Jornal de Angola, Carlos Alberto Bravo Burity da Silva was the first in the contest to which five more candidates competed.

In the following classifications were Adozindo de Jesus Marcolino da ConceicAPound o, Jose Moreno Pereira da Gama, Manuel Moreira Pinheiro,

Nelson Eduardo Guerra Pestana and Hamilton Raul FerrAPound o da Silva. For curricular evaluation and graduation of applications, the plenary of the Constitutional Court took into consideration the time of graduation, academic training, training and experience in constitutional matters and forensic experience.

The Constitution of the Republic defines the composition of the Constitutional Court, establishing its number in 11 counsellor judges.

Of these judges, four are appointed by the President of the Republic, including the presiding judge of the Court, four elected by the National Assembly, by a 2/3 majority of the deputies in office,

including the vice president of the Court, two elected by the Superior Council of the Judicial Magistracy and one selected by public curricular competition.

The Constitutional Court is currently chaired by Manuel Miguel da Costa AragAPound o and has as vice president Guilhermina Contreiras da Costa Prata. Other judges are Americo Garcia, Antonio Pinto, Carlos MagalhAPound es, Josefa Neto, Maria da ConceicAPound o Sango, Raul AraA�jo, SimAPound o de Sousa Victor and Teresinha Lopes.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Adapted Jiu-Jitsu: Angolan athlete wins gold medal

Luanda – The Angolan athlete, Ivan Laranjo, won on Saturday the gold medal of the first edition of the international Jiu-Jitsu Tournament for athletes with physical disabilities and impairments held in Florianopolis (Brazil), Angop learnt on Sunday in Luanda.

The event counted on participation of athletes from American, European and African countries. The Angolan athlete was the only one to represent Africa.

The 18-year old athlete, who is with Down syndrome, was always treated as an ordinary child by his family, so they enrolled him to practice Jiu Jitsu in 2017.

Ivan Laranjo, who is due to return to Angola on Wednesday (July 17), has already won three gold and two silver medals in various competitions namely in the Cup LobAPound o2017, in Luanda ( gold), Grappling tournament 2019, in Luanda (gold) Florianopolis Tournament (gold), Grand Slam2018, in Japan(silver) Cup LobAPound o2019, (silver).

Source: Angola Press News Agency