Kyadondo East MP But Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has said he is concerned about his safety after surviving what he believes was an attempt on his life last August when his driver was shot dead in his car following an incident in which protesters threw stones at the president’s motorcade.
“I live every day as it comes, not being sure of the next day,” he said at his home outside capital Kampala. “I am not blind to the fact that the regime wants me dead and wants me dead as soon as possible.”
The 37-year-old legislator also said he will challenge President Yoweri Museveni in the elections expected to be held in 2021.
“I will challenge President Museveni on behalf of the people,” he said in an interview to the AP on Monday.
But Wine faces multiple challenges, including limited opportunities to hold rallies or stage concerts ahead of elections. The police have violently foiled his most recent attempts to hold public events.
He also faces treason charges stemming from his alleged role in the incident in which the president’s convoy was attacked with stones.