Uganda's Bobi Wine arrested while protesting in the capital
(AP Photo/Nicholas Bamulanzeki, File)KAMPALA – Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine was arrested Monday while leading a protest against the detention of many of his supporters in the aftermath of a presidential election. Police arrested Wine near a public square in the capital and then drove him back to his home outside Kampala. AdMuseveni was declared the winner of the Jan. 14 elections with 58% of the vote while Wine had 35%. But opposition figures such as Wine accuse Museveni of increasingly ruling like his predecessors. Museveni warned in a televised address Sunday night that opposition supporters who allegedly plan to disrupt his inauguration in May face arrest.
Uganda's Bobi Wine calls for peaceful protests after polls
Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, speaks at a press conference in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Nicholas Bamulanzeki)KAMPALA – Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine is calling for peaceful protests in the aftermath of presidential elections, charging that electoral authorities are “grappling with forged results” that showed victory for President Yoweri Museveni. Wine on Tuesday asserted that the East African country’s constitution allows peaceful protests. Uganda's top court last week permitted Wine to withdraw a petition his attorneys had filed seeking to invalidate Museveni's reelection. AdUganda has never seen a peaceful transfer of power, one reason why even some within Museveni's party openly say he must groom a successor.
Uganda's Wine withdraws court challenge to election results
(AP Photo/Nicholas Bamulanzeki, File)KAMPALA – Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine says he will withdraw a legal petition that sought to overturn the victory of President Yoweri Museveni in last month's presidential election. Wine, who insists his movement is nonviolent, cited the chief justice's comments in explaining his decision to withdraw the petition. Museveni was declared the winner of the Jan. 14 election with 58% of the vote while Wine had 35%. Wine initially said he did not wish to launch a legal challenge because a courtroom loss would validate Museveni's victory. Museveni won previous legal challenges to his election victories, and analysts had predicted the judges were still unlikely to rule against him.
Uganda's Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president's win
An attorney for Bobi Wine says Ugandan soldiers have withdrawn from the opposition presidential challengers home the day after a judge ruled that his house arrest was unlawful. (AP Photo/Nicholas Bamulanzeki)KAMPALA – Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Monday launched a court case seeking to overturn the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years. The Supreme Court ruled three times that electoral irregularities were not substantial enough to affect the outcome. They withdrew from Wine's residence last week after a judge ruled that Wine's home is not a detention facility. He has repeatedly called for the retirement of Museveni, a U.S. ally on regional security who accuses Wine of being a foreign agent.
Judge orders Uganda's Bobi Wine freed from house arrest
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 file photo, Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine fills his ballot before voting in Kampala, Uganda. A judge ruled on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 that Ugandan security forces cannot detain presidential challenger Bobi Wine inside his home, rebuking authorities for holding the candidate under house arrest following a disputed election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)KAMPALA – A judge ruled on Monday that Ugandan security forces cannot detain presidential challenger Bobi Wine inside his home, rebuking authorities for holding the candidate under house arrest following a disputed election. Ugandan authorities have said Wine can only leave his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, under military escort because they fear his presence in public could incite rioting. The U.S. Embassy in a Twitter post said the judge's ruling “underscores the role of an impartial judiciary,” adding that Washington “calls on security forces to honor the decision.”U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “It’s very important that the security forces do show restraint and also obey ... the order."
Uganda's Bobi Wine accuses president of staging vote 'coup'
FILE- in this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine walks back to his residence after giving a press conference outside Kampala, Uganda. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)KAMPALA – Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Friday accused the country's longtime president of staging a "coup” in last week's election and urged people to protest his loss through nonviolent means. President Yoweri Museveni “committed a coup against the constitution and against the people of Uganda,” the opposition leader said from his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. Museveni won the election with 58% of the vote while Wine had 34%, according to official results. Museveni accuses Wine of being a foreign agent, which the opposition leader denies.
Despite election loss, Uganda's Bobi Wine wins growing power
While longtime President Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of a sixth term, the rise of the 38-year-old Wine's party marks a generational shift. You keep cutting, chipping away until the tree falls," said Joel Ssenyonyi, spokesman for Wine's National Unity Platform. Museveni, a former guerilla leader who has held office since 1986, faced arguably his greatest election challenge yet from Wine. Wine, who is effectively under house arrest, can challenge the election results in Uganda's highest court. A presidential candidate must launch any legal challenge to election results within 10 days of the declaration of final results.
Uganda police surround Bobi Wine's opposition party offices
Mityana Municipality politician, Zaake Francis, close ally to opposition leader Bobi Wine gestures, in Rubaga hospital, Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, after he was alledgedly beaten by security personnel at the gates of Bobi Wine's house on Saturday. Police swooped in at dawn at the offices of Wine’s National Unity Platform, diverted traffic, and stopped people from entering, party spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi told The Associated Press. Wine’s party has said it has video evidence of the military stuffing ballot boxes, casting ballots for people and chasing voters away from polling stations. The Daily Monitor newspaper reported that the vote-rich central district of Wakiso, widely seen as Wine's stronghold, was the most affected. “We reiterate our intention to pursue action against those responsible for the undermining of democracy and human rights in Uganda,” it said.
Uganda's opposition rejects Museveni's reelection as 'fraud'
Uganda's military on Sunday continued to hold top opposition challenger Wine at his home, saying troops were there to protect him. Forty-five million Ugandans are yearning for peaceful change, to redefine our country and our democracy.”Wine’s opposition party called on all Ugandans "to reject this fraud ... “As we speak now, our president (Wine) is under illegal detention at his home,” opposition lawmaker Mathias Mpuuga, told reporters at a news conference Sunday. Wine's party alleged that soldiers had actually broken into his compound and were freely using utilities including power and water. Calling himself the “ghetto president,” Wine had strong support in Uganda's cities, urban where frustration with unemployment and corruption is high.
Uganda says president wins 6th term as vote-rigging alleged
A supporter of Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni celebrates in Kampala, Uganda, Saturday Jan. 16, 2021, after their candidate was declared winner of the presidential elections. Ugandas electoral commission says longtime President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term, while top opposition challenger Bobi Wine alleges rigging and officials struggle to explain how polling results were compiled amid an internet blackout. The self-described “ghetto president” had strong support in urban centers where frustration with unemployment and corruption is high. He said he won't leave Uganda and abandon its 45 million people to the kind of treatment he has faced. In response to his allegations of vote-rigging, Uganda’s electoral commission said Wine should prove it.
Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine says military enters home
Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine walks back to his residence after giving a press conference outside Kampala, Uganda, Friday,Jan. Ugandas electoral commission says President Yoweri Museveni leads in Thursdays election with results in from 29% of polling stations. He has 63% of ballots while top opposition candidate Bobi Wine has 28%. The electoral commission said Wine should prove his allegations of rigging. The electoral commission said it “may not be able” to provide details of where the published results are from.
Uganda police raid offices of presidential hopeful Bobi Wine
Supporters of Bobi Wine, a legislator whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, sit in the back of a police truck after being arrested, outside his campaign headquarters in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)KAMPALA – Armed police on Wednesday “besieged” the campaign headquarters of Bobi Wine, a pop star and politician who is seeking Uganda's presidency in elections set for 2021, an opposition figure said. Wine and other party officials have not been arrested, he said. But in a Twitter post Wine reported that “comrades had been injured” after police “raided” his headquarters and seized documents and other items. He is able to seek another term after the legislature voted to remove constitutional age limits on the presidency.
Uganda's Bobi Wine complains of threats to presidential bid
Bobi Wine, a singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, speaks at the National Unity Platform (NUP) head office in the Kamwokya suburb of Kampala, Uganda Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Bobi Wine, who spoke on Monday to answer questions swirling around his age and academic record, cited "a pattern of repression and suppression" aiming to derail his bid against the long-time president Yoweri Museveni in polls scheduled for 2021. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)KAMPALA Ugandan singer and opposition politician Bobi Wine said on Monday he faces a pattern of repression and suppression seeking to derail his bid to challenge the country's long-time president in elections next year. Museveni accuses Wine and other opposition figures of encouraging young people into rioting. People associated with Wine are a misguided group being used by some foreigners to destabilize Uganda, the president said last week.
Cracker Barrel could add beer, wine to restaurants to help reopenings
ROANOKE, Va. Some new menu items could be coming to Cracker Barrels as they start to reopen. The company, which currently offers beer and wine at 20 restaurants, said it may expand the program, according to Nations Restaurant News. The past several months have presented unprecedented challenges for Cracker Barrel, the industry and our country. I believe our strategic priorities, such as accelerating our off-premise business, combined with the rapid actions we took to bolster liquidity, strengthen our business model and adapt our operations to the circumstances have positioned us well for the recovery period to come, said Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra B. Cochran in a statement. NRN reports that the company announced during an investors call Tuesday that reopened restaurants are shifting to a new menu that includes new offerings such as chicken pot pie and Saturday fried pork chops.
Pandemic wine sales skyrocket
Wine sales amid the coronavirus pandemic are way up. Catalina, a data firm that tracks shopping trends, found strong gains across the wine category in both grocery and drug stores. The number of wine buyers increased by 16%. Nearly half of wine buyers made a repeat purchase during that 10-week period. Afternoon sales have also spiked at convenience stores as the virtual happy hour has become increasingly popular during stay-at-home orders.
Polaris CEO: We support Trump's goal of fairer China trade, but tariffs are really costing us
The ongoing U.S. trade war against China has an important mission but consequentially harms American companies that make their products domestically, Polaris Industries CEO Scott Wine told CNBC on Monday. "While we completely support the administration's goal of having freer and fairer trade with China ... we're paying the most in tariffs, almost $110 million a year in tariff costs," Wine said, resulting in price increases to consumers of 3%. Minnesota-based Polaris makes snowmobiles and ATVs as well as motorcycles under the Indian brand. However, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping called another tariff cease-fire last month and agreed to restart trade talks. In the meantime, Wine said that Polaris is working with the Trump administration to try to get "relief" from the tariffs.cnbc.com