People Power Red beret ban
We will continue our struggle for democracy and prosperity for all Ugandans, says Bobi Wine on People Power Red beret ban. File Photo

We will continue our struggle for democracy and prosperity for all Ugandans, says presidential hopeful Bobi Wine on People Power red beret ban

Following People Power red beret ban by Uganda, the Pop Star Singer turned politician and the People Power leader, Robert Kyagulanyi best known as Bobi Wine has made a statement following the ban on red berets.

Bobi Wine a month ago, announced his intention to run for presidency come 2021 general elections to challenge the Incumbent, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and at the same time officially launched the red beret as an official attire for the People Power Pressure Group.

In his statements, Bobi Wine says the red beret is his signature and a symbol of resistance to the current dictatorship prevailing in the country.

He, however, continued to say that the red beret ban on civilians is “a sham”, basically to frustrate People Power ambitions.

“It is a blatant attempt to suffocate a successful threat to the autocratic status quo. 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 and prosperity for all Ugandans,” Bobi Wine stated as he spoke to AFP.

Relatedly, Ivan Boowe, People Power youth leader said they will not stop wearing the red beret, despite the ban and threats drawn towards them.

“No amount of intimidation will make us fear to exercise our rights. By designating our dress code as military wear, the government is moving to attempt to ban the People Power Movement and we are ready to face any action the government takes,” Boowe said.

Red beret which is as well worn by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) was among the first inclusion of all army wears.

And was stated that no civilian is permitted to dress in any colour owned by UPDF, punishment to anyone found illegally possessing any military item is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

Brig. Richard Karemire, UPDF Spokesperson in the remarks he made yesterday via his twitter handle said that the gazette signifies the commitment to define identity and face outlook of a professional army in line with the East African Community protocols stated.

“The dress code for the UPDF has been gazette and the action was endorsed by the top organs of the army which also commended the dress committee for concluding the task assigned to it years back. This development is a milestone, in the long history of the UPDF,” Karemire said via his twitter handle.

UPDF Act 2005, Section 119(1) stipulates that every person, not otherwise subject to military law and is found in unlawful possession of equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the Defence Forces and other classified stores as prescribed, is subject to military law and can be tried in military courts as appropriate.