February 28, 2024

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Bobi Wine in UK after alleged nine-year visa ban over anti-gay lyrics

Bobi Wine, a former music star and Ugandan opposition MP, visited the UK for the first time in a decade, more than three weeks after the UK government removed his alleged nine-year visa ban.

“London, it’s been 10 long years!” he captioned a photo of himself on X outside BBC’s London office on Thursday.

Bobi Wine was reportedly prohibited from entering the UK Following the release of his song “Burn Dem” in 2014, which rights groups claimed included lyrics encouraging homophobic attacks.

Bobi Wine’s UK visa was refused shortly after the song’s release, which resulted in the cancellation of two scheduled concerts in the nation.

When the UK Home Office was contacted by the newspaper The Guardian at the time, it refused to say whether it had prohibited Bobi Wine’s entry.

Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, announced on November 5 that he was finally able to return to the UK.

Bobi Wine shared on X, “I am very glad to inform you that the ban against me from entering the UK has finally been overturned, and I will soon be visiting the UK after more than 10 years.”

He continued that his legal team had worked nonstop to get the travel ban lifted.

He said that the legal team contended that it was “unfair” for the UK government to allow Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, entry while prohibiting “many others [who] are trying to build a free and democratic country” and calling Museveni “a world-renowned tyrant.”

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