Ugandan Government Targets Bobi Wine, Bans Red Berets
Bobi Wine, the Ugandan ex-pop star turned opposition leader, has been having running battles with the government since he declared his intention to run for the president of the country.
In a move that seems solely targeted at Wine, the government has banned the use of red beret which was since adopted by Wine as his trademark.
Bobi Wine and his supporters wear a red beret as a “symbol of resistance”
Uganda has released official guidelines designating military uniform, including red berets, as being for the Uganda People’s Defence Forces only, so other citizens are not allowed to wear it.
Under the new legislation, he could go to prison if he continues to wear what he calls a “symbol of resistance”.
Mr Wine has not commented on the new rules but a key figure in his People Power Movement has told the AFP news agency they will continue to wear the hats.
“We shall continue to wear the revolutionary red berets,” said youth leader Ivan Boowe. “No amount of intimidation will make us fear to exercise our rights.”
“By designating our dress code as a military wear, the government is moving to attempt to ban the People Power Movement and we are ready to face any action government takes,” he added.
Black boots have also been banned under the orders.