It’s a battle between the young and the old. One of the country's most famous artists is running against a 76-year old incumbent who is seeking a 6th term.
Wine officially became a politician in 2017 after winning a seat in parliament. Since then, he’s been often called the ‘Ghetto president’, even by Museveni.
There’s been a lot of offline campaigning but in this social media era, campaigning online is an effective strategy.
It’s estimated that there are under 3 million social media users in Uganda, with most of these users – about 47.2%
– on Facebook, the platform Wine has used for most of his outreach and live streams.
On Tuesday, a social media blackout cut off Bobi Wine from the majority of his followers, further complicating an already herculean bid to beat Museveni in polls that many believe will hardly be free and fair.
Primed by this history, Ugandans prepared to evade the shutdown and have continued using social media through the use of VPNs. We’ll be looking forward to what the poll results say.
Social media blackout undermines Bobi Wine's difficult presidential bid in Uganda