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National Geographic has snatched up the Venice 2022 festival Bobiwine documentary: Ghetto President.



The Bobiwine documentary follows Ugandan Afrobeats star-turned-politician Bobi Wine, who has challenged authoritarian Uganda’s authoritarian president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

National Geographic Documentary Films has snatched up the Venice 2022 festival documentary Bobi Wine: Ghetto President and will take the film out worldwide.

The documentary, from directors Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo, follows the career and life of Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Afrobeats pop star Bobi Wine, who is using his fame — and music — to shine a spotlight on corruption in his home country. Since his move into politics —Wine last year ran for president, challenging the authoritarian leadership of Ugandan leader Yoweri Kaguta Museveni — the singer has survived beatings and an assassination attempt. But he has not been bowed.

“My people, the Ugandan people, are familiar with my journey through music, politics, imprisonment and torture, but this film is a microcosm of my country’s larger struggles under an unrelenting dictatorship that has been operating with impunity for decades,” said Wine. “I can’t wait for global audiences to see the reality of the situation and question their leaders’ support for this regime.”

National Geographic snatched up Bobi Wine: Ghetto President after its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival and ahead of its US bow at Telluride today. Wine, who was in Venice to promote the film, will be at the US premiere as well, and will give a live musical performance in the center of town on Sunday night.

National Geographic plans to tour Bobi Wine: Ghetto President across global festivals throughout the rest of the year and release it in theaters in 2023.

“Bobi and his wife Barbie are once-in-a-lifetime heroes who take great personal risk to dislodge and liberate a nation from a ruler who has been in power for 35 years,” said directors Bwayo and Sharp. “As documentary filmmakers, we are occasionally fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to relate events that can bring about transformation. We believe that this is one of those occasions.”

Previous releases from National Geographic Documentary Films include the Oscar-winning Free Solo and Oscar-nominated The Cave, the adventure biography Becoming Cousteau on the life of famous explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau, and Ron Howard’s 2020 documentary Rebuilding Paradise, about the attempts to rebuilt the Sierra Nevada town Paradise, California after devastating wildfires.

Why Ugandan Rapper Bobi Wine Wants the World’s Attention

With the new doc ‘Ghetto President,’ the popular performer, who has survived beatings and an assassination attempt amid his move into politics, is using his fame — and music — to shine a spotlight on corruption in his home country.

The story of Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky’s rise from TV comedian to a headline-making political figure and hero to many is well known. But some 3,500 miles from Kiev, in Kampala, Uganda, and almost entirely out of the international media spotlight, there’s another entertainer-turned-politician fighting for democracy — and hoping the world pays attention.

Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his Afrobeats pop star handle Bobi Wine, was one of Africa’s most successful musicians and best-known celebrities — he even had his own reality TV show, Da Ghetto President — before a shift to politics turned the onetime “ghetto rapper” into the face of the opposition against Uganda’s authoritarian president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Wine’s story is told in a new documentary, Bobi Wine Ghetto President, which premieres at the Venice Film Festival. Instead of the familiar rags-to-riches tale of a poor kid made good — Wine was raised in Kampala’s infamous Kamwokya slum, where he built his renowned Firebase recording studio — in Ghetto President, directors Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp focus on Wine’s political career.

Not that there’s an easy division between the music and the politics, between the campaigner and the entertainer. For two decades before he formally entered politics — in a successful grassroots run in 2017 for an elected seat in the Ugandan parliament — Wine has been using his music to address social injustice and push for reform.

His 2006 hit “Ghetto” was the opposition soundtrack for the elections that year. The 2014 reggae tune “Time Bomb” — with such lyrics as “I don’t know why corruption is too much/Why the price of electricity is too high” — is an unambiguous attack on government nepotism, corruption and the high cost of living.

“My music, my songs, have always been revolutionary, highlighting the plight of the people, calling out what’s wrong in society and singing it out,” Wine says in a video interview with THR from his home in Kampala. “Music is my biggest amplifier. If I have a political message, I’ll put it in a song, because I know many other people are going to sing that song, and that message is going to go out.”

Wine’s musical messages run through Ghetto President as the film traces his “people power” revolution from 2017 through 2021, when Wine ran against Museveni in Uganda’s presidential elections. Wine lost, though he and many international organizations and nations, including the U.S. (a major aid donor to Uganda), questioned the official result, claiming evidence of fraud and vote tampering.

The Bobiwine documentary draws a sharp contrast between the 77-year-old Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since coming to power in 1986 on the back of an armed uprising, and the 38-year-old Wine. The former is shown as the embodiment of the revolutionary turned dictator — “our mentors become our tormentors,” Wine sings in one of his songs — while we watch the reggae star turned politician dancing his way across the country for his 2021 campaign, speaking in front of wild crowds of cheering supporters.

Wine, like Zelensky, is also a master of social media, regularly posting videos and music clips to his followers and using online platforms to spread his political messages. Here his entertainment background comes in handy. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wine recorded a song that later went viral, outlining both the symptoms of a COVID infection and the recommended hygienic measures to fight the spread of the virus. Imagine a Dr. Fauci press conference you can dance to.

For those who fear the power of social media to distort and deform democracy, Ghetto President is a reminder of how valuable global online platforms can be in countries where, as Wine says of Uganda, there is “state capture” of the mainstream media.

“Social media is a lifesaver and a life changer for us,” he says. “Here in Uganda, without social media, you would only be seeing the picture painted by the authorities. With social media, we can show the real picture in real-time, unfiltered. Mainstream, traditional media avoids talking about cases of human rights violations, about the rape cases against the military. Mainstream media won’t air my words, or if they do, they twist them to make sure that they favor the regime.”

A sign of the power of social media in Uganda came ahead of the presidential election, when the government shut down the entire internet rather than let opposition messages get through.

Wine’s high profile has made him a target: In 2018, he was arrested and charged with treason. He says police beat and tortured him. When he was released, as shown in the film, Wine could barely walk and had to be flown to the U.S. for medical treatment.

The threat of violence is omnipresent. One of Wine’s drivers was shot dead by police in what Wine says was an assassination attempt on him. A bodyguard was killed after being run over by a truck belonging to the military police.

“There are security operatives that are planted on my door, and they follow me on motorbikes wherever I go,” Wine says. “I’m still under threat, which is why I move in a bulletproof car, and when I leave home I have my own private security.”

The results of the 2021 election, and the government crackdown that followed it, have made Wine skeptical about whether democratic change is possible in Uganda without major social unrest.

“As it is, elections can do very little,” he said. “I think the power transition may only come when the people rise up, non-violently, peacefully, but assertively. Unfortunately, we can only do this with the help of the rest of the world. If we try to do it alone, whenever we try to do it alone, the result has been a massacre.”

But Wine is not giving up. By making Ghetto President and traveling to Venice to promote the film, he says he hopes to focus the world’s attention on Uganda.

“I want the people in the international community to know that somewhere in the world, somewhere in Africa, in a country called Uganda, people are being massacred for what they think,” he says. “But most importantly, I want the people of the international community to know that their taxpayers’ money, their aid, is being used to undermine human rights and democracy in Uganda. But you can help us. You can help us by stopping the support for Yoweri Museveni. You can help us do the right thing by you not doing the wrong thing.”

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Hajj Ashraf Semwogerere pens down a letter to H.E.Bobi Wine and Mathias Mpuuga



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Asalaam alaikum.


The Cuban revolution.

General Arnaldo Tomás Ochoa Sánchez was chosen by Defense Minister Raúl Castro to become the head of Cuba’s Western Army. Since this branch of the military protects Cuba’s capital city, Havana, and its top leaders and installations, the position would have made him the third most powerful military figure on the island, after Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and General Raúl Castro (today Secretary general of Cuban Communist party.).

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What was expected to be a routine background check prior to the announcement of his appointment began to unravel, however, when at appointment, the government accused Ochoa of corruption, which included, but was not limited to, the sale of diamonds and ivory from Angola and the misappropriation of weapons in Nicaragua. As the investigation continued, links were found to other military and Ministry of the Interior officials who were engaged in even more serious crimes: taking pay-offs from South American drug-traffickers, including Pablo Escobar and General Manuel Noriega in exchange for letting them use Cuban territorial waters for drug drops and pick-ups.

General Raúl Castro, who was very close to Ochoa personally, later said he pleaded with Ochoa on a number of occasions to come clean and reveal everything so they could move forward. When Ochoa refused to cooperate, on June 12, the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces announced his arrest and investigation for serious acts of corruption, dishonest use of economic resources, and abetting drug trafficking.

When Ochoa sat before Fidel Castro in the President’s office, he humbly accepted to have betrayed the revolution and asked the commander in chief to do what was necessary to keep the revolution strong. Castro signed his death warrant.

At dawn on July 13, 1989, Ochoa was executed by a firing squad along with three senior officers of the Ministry of the Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior , after a military court convicted them of drug smuggling.

Meanwhile, the Cuban revolution grew stronger despite the fact that their major rival United States was a superpower and a stone throw away from their island.


During the NRM/NRA bush war, several Kadogos mostly from Buganda were executed for just stealing chicken or Cassava of Wanainch. This was the bush war code of conduct. It acted as a deterrent to other rebel soldiers to instill discipline. Those who were around in 1986 when NRA stormed Kampala will tell you how well disciplined these soldiers were.

Today, there is a crisis in the NUP revolution. Where a high ranking Soldier like Ochoa of Cuba has betrayed the revolution. In the NRA bush language, the soldier has stolen from Wanainch.

For the Revolution to stand its time, I beg Honorable Mathias to act like Owekitiibwa and tell the principal to do what is necessary exactly like what Ochoa did. And to Principal Kyagulanyi, please do like Federal Castro. Please sign that warrant. The revolution is just beginning to keep its code of conduct. nobody should be above it. A revolution without discipline turns into banditry. What Dr Apollo Militon Obote had referred to NRA.

DP and FDC have a lot for reference.

Hajj Ashraf Semwogerere.

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Justin: Rt. Hon. Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign After Admitting Taking Irregular Service Award 500 Million



Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign by the NUP party to resign from the position of Commissioner of Parliament after admitting to having taken part in an irregular service award amounting to UGX 500 million.

Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign
Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga

There is an ongoing online protest under the hashtag #UgandaParliamentExhibition. The protest aims at exposing the massive corruption, abuse of office and gross mismanagement of public affairs by the leadership of Parliament and other leaders.

Unfortunately, the protest has not only revealed grand corruption on the side of NRM leaders. Some leaders on the opposition side have had serious allegations of corruption leveled against them. Specifically, our former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and current Parliamentary Commissioner, Rt. Hon. Mathias Mpuuga alongside three other Parliamentary Commissioners have been accused of irregularly awarding themselves huge sums of tax-payers’ money on the pretext of “Service Awards”. Under the scheme, Rt. Hon. Mpuuga was allocated 500,000,000/= (Five Hundred Million Uganda Shillings).

On Wednesday 28th February 2024, the President convened an urgent meeting comprised of senior leaders of the Party including all Deputy Presidents and some of our senior legislators. At the meeting, Rt. Hon. Mpuuga admitted that he indeed took part in this wrong doing and apologised for the same. In light of this, he was strongly advised that the moral thing to do in the circumstances is to step down from his role as Parliamentary Commissioner with immediate effect.

The nation will recall that the values of the National Unity Platform are Discipline, Reliability, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Patriotism and Service. All actions of corruption and abuse of office go contrary to these values. They also go contrary to the Integrity Oath which every leader of the Party swore at the start of this term.

We therefore ask our leaders at all levels to do self-reflection and recommit themselves to these values and the Oath they took to shun and fight corruption in all its forms.

Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign
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What it means for Bobi Wine to meet Global influencers



An in-depth analysis of What it means for Bobi Wine to meet Global influencers

Bobi Wine’s Meetings with Global Influencers:

Bobi Wine, the Ugandan people’s President, has recently embarked on a series of high-profile meetings with globally renowned figures spanning various domains. From policy makers and activists to iconic filmmakers and acclaimed actors, his interactions transcend mere celebrity photo opportunities and represent strategic strides towards amplifying his advocacy and the broader movement for social change in Uganda. These engagements come in the wake of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Bobi Wine The People’s President,” which has garnered significant acclaim and recognition on the global stage.

During the Cinema for peace awards where Bobi Wine the people’s president won the Best Political film of the year

The gripping documentary which unmasks and exposes Museveni’s repressive tactics to cling onto power also chronicles the remarkable journey of Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned-politician, as he strives to dismantle Uganda’s brutal dictatorship under dictator Museveni’s oppressive rule. The film’s profound impact and resonance have propelled it to numerous accolades globally, including an Oscar nomination and the prestigious Best Political Film of the Year award at the Cinema for Peace Awards in Berlin, Germany. This recognition has undoubtedly elevated Bobi Wine’s profile, opening doors to a multitude of platforms and enabling him to meet and engage with influential figures from diverse spheres.

At the forefront of these engagements is Bobi Wine’s pursuit of visibility and outreach. By aligning himself with influential personalities, he taps into their extensive reach and platform, exposing his cause to new audiences that may have previously been oblivious to the challenges plaguing his nation under Dictator Museveni. Celebrities and renowned figures possess the power to captivate the masses, and by leveraging these connections, Bobi Wine can rally support from unexpected quarters, fostering a global consciousness about the dire need for reform in Uganda.

Moreover, the documentary’s success has facilitated Bobi Wine’s ability to forge vital relationships with key decision makers and fellow activists. With the documentary serving as a catalyst, he can engage in dialogues with policymakers and government officials, advocating for change at the highest echelons of power and pushing for legislative and administrative reforms that strike at the root causes of social injustices. Simultaneously, by collaborating with fellow activists who have been inspired by his story, Bobi Wine can strengthen the solidarity within the movement, sharing strategies, experiences, and amplifying their collective voice for change.

The engagements with iconic filmmakers and actors, many of whom have likely been exposed to Bobi Wine’s journey through the documentary, present a unique opportunity for him to leverage the power of storytelling and artistic expression. Through joint initiatives, public statements, and collaborative projects, these creative minds can shed light on the harsh realities of life in Uganda under the Museveni oppressive regime, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide. Their ability to craft narratives and evoke emotions can serve as a powerful catalyst for raising awareness and igniting a sense of urgency for action.

Significantly, the documentary’s success has also opened doors to invaluable resources and expertise that can bolster Bobi Wine’s activism. From logistical assistance to strategic guidance and networking opportunities, the connections he forges with influential figures who have been moved by his story can provide a range of opportunities that can sustain and propel the momentum of the people power movement.

What it means for Bobi Wine to meet Global influencers

Additionally, Bobi Wine’s engagement with global influencers extends beyond the confines of individual meetings. By cultivating long-term relationships and collaborations, he can tap into their respective spheres of influence, amplifying his message through joint initiatives, public appearances, and social media campaigns. This synergy can create a ripple effect, inspiring others who have been captivated by the documentary to join the cause and lending credibility to the movement’s objectives.

In the broader context, the success of “Bobi Wine: The People’s President” and the subsequent engagements with global figures represent a recognition of the interconnectedness of struggles for justice and human rights across borders. By aligning himself with like-minded individuals and organizations, many of whom have been moved by his story, Bobi Wine can foster a sense of global solidarity, transcending national boundaries and inspiring others to stand in solidarity with the plight of the Ugandan people.

Bobi Wine’s meetings with these global icons are not mere celebrity endorsements but calculated moves to expand his fight for social change in Uganda. By leveraging the influence, resources, and expertise of these individuals who have been touched by his remarkable journey, he can amplify his message, build solidarity, advocate for meaningful reforms, and inspire a global movement that demands justice and upholds the fundamental rights of all people.

What you need to know

  • – Yoweri Museveni has been president of Uganda since seizing power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war. He has ruled the country for over 38 years through a combination of political repression, constitutional amendments to extend term limits, and suppressing opposition.
  • – Uganda is essentially an authoritarian state with Museveni and his political party, the National Resistance Movement, dominating all branches of government and major institutions. Elections are marred by intimidation, violence, and lack of a level playing field.
  • – Political opposition, dissent, and criticism of the government are routinely suppressed through arrests, harassment, torture, and extrajudicial killings of opposition figures, activists, and journalists. Freedom of expression, assembly, and the press are severely restricted.
  • -The government has cracked down brutally on protests and the political opposition, including conducting a violent crackdown on supporters of Bobi Wine during the 2021 presidential election campaign in which over 150 people were killed.
  • – Human rights defenders, civil society organizations, NGOs, and activists face constant harassment, detentions, office raids and shutdowns by security forces under accusations of destabilizing the regime.
  • – Entrenched corruption, nepotism, and abuse of public resources are rampant within the government, security services, and the public sector, enriching Museveni’s inner circle and patronage networks.
  • – Uganda under Museveni, poverty levels remain high, and wealth is concentrated among the ruling elite. Health, education, and social services are poorly funded and inadequate for most citizens.
  • – Museveni wields control over the security forces through leaders loyal to him. The military and police are implicated in human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, torture, and cracking down violently on dissent.

In essence, Museveni rules as an authoritarian leader, suppressing opposition, dissent, and civil liberties to maintain his grip on power, while also presiding over widespread corruption, economic inequality, and human rights abuses by security forces. This has fueled calls for democratic reforms by the opposition.


JBMuwonge – Social Activist

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