Bobi Wine announced last year he would challenge President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 elections [File: Luke Dray/Getty Images]

Ugandan Pop-Star & Politician Bobi Wine is arrested

Police in Uganda fired tear gas to disperse supporters of the pop star and Presidential hopeful, Bobi Wine, when he tried to hold a rally, underscoring the hurdles he faces when seeking to unseat President  Yoweri Museveni.

Police also arrested Mr Wine, a politician whose real name is  Robert Kyagulanyi, accusing him of trying to stage an illegal assembly. 
 
Wine and his pressure group People Power had aimed to start a program of consultations with his supporters on his plans to run for presidency of Uganda, next year, challenging Mr Museveni (75) who has ruled Uganda since 1986.
 
Edson Muhangi, a police commander, told reporters that Mr Wine was attempting to hold his meeting in an open area, when had only been allowed to meet his supporters in a closed arena, like a conference hall.
 
“This one is not an enclosed space, we cannot even allow them to be here.” Muhangi said.  
 
Uganda’s Electoral Commission had cleared Mr Wine to hold his consultations, but security personnel have broad powers to allow or prohibit public gatherings.