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Bobi Wine Is Willing 'To Die Trying' To Win Freedom For Uganda

Ugandan politician and musician Bobi Wine says he was tortured by soldiers. He was allowed to come to the U.S. for medical treatment, but says he's going to return to Uganda, despite the risks.
Ugandan politician and musician Bobi Wine has led opposition to Uganda's president, who has been in power since 1986. Wine says soldiers tortured him, but he will return to Uganda. Source: Claire Harbage

"I'm supposed to be a dead man," says Bobi Wine, a Ugandan musician turned politician.

His driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead on Aug. 13. Wine tweeted a graphic picture he said was of the man's dead body. Wine says police were the ones who shot Kawuma, but Wine says he was their real target.

Bobi Wine's real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. He rose to fame as a musician — first with love songs and dance songs, but more recently turned to political themes in his music. His 2017 song "Freedom" has become a rallying cry for the country's opposition.

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