In this Monday, July 15, 2019 photo, pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is photographed, during an interview with The Associated Press at his home, in Magere, Kampala, Uganda, Monday, July 15, 2019. Wine says he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in polls set for 2021. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Uganda's Bobi Wine formally declares his presidential bid

July 24, 2019 - 8:03 am

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine has formally launched his presidential bid for the 2021 election.

The singer, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, announced his challenge to longtime President Yoweri Museveni while being cheered by scores of supporters. Wine leads a popular movement known as "People Power" and has emerged as a political threat to one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

The singer first revealed his plans to run for president during an interview with The Associated Press last week in which he also said he was concerned for his safety. He has accused Ugandan security forces of torturing him in the past.

Authorities deny that the 37-year-old lawmaker, who faces multiple criminal charges including treason that he rejects, is being targeted.

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