Uganda's Supreme Court's decision to uphold a constitutional amendment to remove an age limit that had previously barred anyone over 75 from seeking the post of the president has been rejected by Bobi Wine. This is coming after days of release from custody.
He stated that he was deeply disappointed by the position of the country's highest court, calling it a setback. The country is no doubt divided and torn in between the desire to change the old guard, sort of a new wine in a new bottle. That doesn't sound easy.
Yoweri Museveni has indeed revamped Uganda and set the East African country on the path of progress. Its infrastructural development strides made possible by the influence of China is note worthy. Uganda is a beneficiary of the Belt and Road Initiative by China. Such partnership and indeed the debt volume equally spell doom for a country whose majority wallow in poverty.
The ruling will allow Museveni to contest in the next presidential election in 2021. The 74 year old had held on to power since 1986.
Wine has often emphasized on the need to allow young minds like him salvage the country.
The music star turned politician was freed on bail earlier in May after spending three nights in jail on charges of staging unlawful protests.
He doesn't have the state machinery, yet like other several instances across the world and especially on the African continent, sustained social movement appealing to people's sentiments and woes can topple even legitimate governments. Indeed, a government can not be legitimate if it fails to address the yearnings of the people it claims to govern. If the majority wants change through the ballot and they're denied, the collective conscience of the masses and movements can usher in a revolution.
"We are lucky we are living in a generation where our mouths cannot be shut. We shall speak the truth and using the law as it is to stand for our rights," said Wine.
Wine believes the government has tried to silence him because of his popularity and out of fear of an uprising.
"They [the government] are so afraid of Ugandans especially young people who are constantly raising their voices against the injustice and oppression they are going through and especially after what happened in Sudan," Wine told Al Jazeera.
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