Who thought that wearing a red beret would land in you jail. Well, it seems like Uganda’s political scene has taken a new twist with the government issuing out a strong warning against anyone who wears the “people power’ emblem.
According to reports, anyone who wears a red beret could be prosecuted under military law and sent to prison for life. The move effectively bans the uniform worn by Ugandan pop star and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine and his supporters.
The government announced the outlawing of red berets and other pieces of military wear in a gazette declaring them “property of the state”.
Bobi Wine has denounced the ban referring it to witch hunt. According to him, “This beret ban is a sham. It is a blatant attempt to suffocate a successful threat to the autocratic status quo,” the 37-year-old said in a statement.
“But People Power is more than a red beret, we are bigger than our symbol. We are a booming political movement fighting for the future of Uganda and we will continue our struggle for democracy,” the statement added.
Bobi Wine whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, declared his intention to run for president in July which caused an uproar in the ruling party and has since seen a number of injustices brought against him in an attempt to derail him from his major goal of ousting the current regime.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.