Kampala: UGANDAN authorities have effectively banned Bobi Wine’s signature red beret and tunic clothing after designating it as official military attire.
The Ugandan popstar and presidential hopeful whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi calls his signature red beret headgear a “symbol of resistance”.
However, the beret was included in Uganda’s first ever gazette of all military clothing.
Under the gazette, any member of the public found in possession of the items “is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.”
“The dress code for the UPDF (Uganda People´s Defence Forces) has been gazetted.
“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,” army spokesman Richard Karemire said in a statement on Monday.
“It manifests the commitment to define identity and outlook of a professional army as well as adhering to the EAC (East African Community) protocols,” he added.
However, Wine who has announced plans to challenge long ruling President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 presidential elections, denounced the red beret ban.
“This beret ban is a sham. It is a blatant attempt to suffocate a successful threat to the autocratic status quo,” Wine, 37, said in a statement.