Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uganda’s Bobi Wine dares police, army on red beret

National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has ordered his followers to wear the red beret, reviving the battle between the army and his camp almost a year later .

“As leaders of the NUP, we will resume wearing the red beret after we break no law. If the army thinks it’s part of their business, they should wear that special red beret, ”Bobi Wine told reporters at the party headquarters in Kamwokya on Wednesday.

In 2018, Bobi Wine bordered the Red Beret as one of the symbols for his then political interest group People Power. The dress code was gaining popularity, especially among young people professing the musician turned politician.

In September last year, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) switched to the red beret as to publish part of the military affairs and said this was a way to define the identity and perspective of a professional army and to adhere to the protocols of the East African Community (EAC).

In October last year, police and The army raided the NUP offices in Kamwokya and confiscated various items, including the red berets, on the grounds that they were used illegally.

Former Kyadondo East legislature says more than 100 supporters of the NUP in jail for wearing the red beret.

At the press conference, all of the NUP leaders who came from their offices to the tent for the media address wore red baskets Beanies.

When asked why they revived the clothes, Bobi Wine said the army announced the dress code but stopped wearing it a year later and the party was now claiming it back.