A Ugandan politician, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, musician, freedom fighter and actor, Bobi Wine whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has rapidly built up a following based largely on his message of power to the people and criticism of the Ugandan government after he was elected in a parliamentary by-election in 2017.
He returned to Uganda in September 2018 from the US where he received medical treatment following alleged torture by members of Uganda’s presidential guard after his arrest at a political rally in August.
His arrest led to violent protests in the capital, Kampala. Since then, Bobi Wine’s support base has gone from strength to strength and he has been widely recognised, both at home and abroad, as a serious threat to President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for over 30 years.
Bobi Wine is currently in Berlin for a conference on freedom of expression. In an interview with DW he spoke about his plans for the future.