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Bobi Wine named among 100 global thinkers

The United States Foreign Policy magazine has named Kyadondo East member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine among the top 100 foreign policy global thinkers of 2018.

Bobi Wine features alongside leaders such as the International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and New Zealand's 38-year-old Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Bobi Wine whose phenomenon rise in the political arena continues to attract global attention was listed in the Arts and Activism section of Foreign Policy magazine. The magazine described Bobi Wine as "Uganda's firebrand singer-turned-politician (who) grew up poor in Kampala."

According to the magazine, Bobi Wine has been recognised for representing youth in parliament. The magazine has been running the special edition for 9 years since 2009 and is split in 10 different categories. 

"Bobi Wine, born Robert Kyagulanyi, has rallied Uganda's youth by arguing against a proposed social media tax and fighting for the dignity of the poor. Ugandan soldiers attempted to silence Wine in August 2018, first beating him brutally and then bringing him to trial for treason in a military court, although he is a civilian," reads the magazine. 

"Wine recovered, picked up attention in the international media, and his “people power” campaign continues, undeterred."

In his response, Bobi Wine said in a tweet that he is humbled by the recognition.

"Am extremely honoured to be named amongst the Global Thinkers, 2019, humbled that the small things we do for our country & our people are appreciated by the world. Such recognition by the world only reaffirms to us that ours is not a wrong cause, encouraged to carry on." 

The magazine says the full list of 100 global thinkers will be released on January 22, 2018.
"Until then, we'll be revealing names from each category every day."

The United Kingdom House of Commons on Tuesday held a debate on democracy in Uganda. The motion was tabled by Stockton South MP Dr Paul Williams in December last year. This follows last year's Arua by-election fracas in which several MPs were arrested and tortured for allegedly stoning the car of President Yoweri Museveni.


-1 #11 Akot 2019-01-11 20:55
Quoting atuhaire saulo:
very true bobi is our younger activitist against the brutal government of uganda which is headed by mr museveni


Ugandans must not let this chance slip through their fingers, but UNITE around Bobi Wine so that Museveni is thrown out & as I said, he will then lead Ugandans to the kind of governance they want!

Without the National Executive Consultative Council chaired by E. Rugumayo, there would never have been a start after Amin!

Ugandans MUST forget their tribal allegience, bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE so that Musevnei is thrown out, if they want a future!

There is no future, no Uganda with Museveni, right?
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+1 #12 Akot 2019-01-11 21:06
Quoting Twebz:
But I yet have to understand as to why the Kyadondo East legislator has risen so rapidly from grass to grace.

We thought he was our Ugandan affair but in all of a sudden he has taken Africa and indeed the whole world into a frenzy of awe and wonder. God help him.

Agreed, but,

As much as Bobi Wine has taken Africa & the whole world are in frency, they can't help Ugandans unless our people shatter the tribalistric system & UNITE around him & against Museveni!

Why have Ugandans surrendered to servitude to a man they were kind to give shelter to & how will they get rid of him?

Africa/the whole world could cry/pray to God for Ugandans, but as long as our people maintain the tribalistic system, give tax money in peace, Museveni will be their master!

Only Ugandans can throw Museveni out & only in UNITY!
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-1 #13 Akot 2019-01-11 21:16
Quoting Kirya:
If Ugandans had 1/4 of the guts this young man has Uganda would have been free from the crazy dictator but the judges MPs lawyers are scared of the washed up old useless thug!

Understood, but,

Only tribal leaders bringing down the tribalistic system that will give chnce to UNITY of Ugandans, will throw Museveni out, then the outside world wil help Ugandans as 1 people, 1 nation!

But as it is, Ugandans prefer having Museveni who would have no place without the tribalistic system: why are our people shutting out the rest of the world & locking themselves with Museveni?

Thank you, United States Foreign Policy magazine & UK parliament, for discretely calling Ugandans to UNITY around Bobi Wine!

If only Ugandans could read between lines!!!
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0 #14 Akot 2019-01-11 21:17
Wanainchi, or is it Museveni?

When are you going back to Rwanda?
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