Back to Africa Check

No evidence this soldier tried to kill Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine

“Breaking news Uganda … Bobi Wine’s life is in great danger,” reads the text on what appears to be a screenshot of a CNN news broadcast, shared on Facebook.

The screenshot shows two photos side by side. One is of Uganda’s opposition leader Robert Kyangulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, apparently being interviewed, while the other shows a man wielding a knife. 

The implication appears to be that the man with the knife was about to attack Wine, although there are clearly two photos, slightly blurred together.

The image’s caption reads: “A Soulja Tried to kill Our President ...” 

The post includes a link to a video that is the source of the interview photo. 

After a campaign marred with violence, Uganda held a general election on 14 January 2021 and days later, president Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner. Museveni has been in power since 1986.

Wine called for the rejection of the election results, citing illegalities. He tweeted and spoke to the press about his fears for his life.

But does the circulating screenshot really show a CNN report about a knife-wielding soldier attempting to attack Wine? We checked.


bobi fake


No evidence linking photo of soldier to Bobi Wine

The video linked to in the post shows soldiers armed with machine guns appearing to threaten Wine, the film crew and journalist, who sounds British. But there is no footage of a soldier attempting to attack Wine with a knife. 

A Yandex reverse image search of the photo of the soldier revealed that it was pulled from a video shared on news organisation Al Jazeera’s website in April 2019.

The soldier pictured was from the Central African Republic. He was filmed at a military training base in the Central African Republic, where soldiers were being trained by Russian fighters in preparation for deployment along the country’s border.

We could also not find any similar reports or articles by US-based news organisation CNN.

The screenshot has been doctored, and does not show a Ugandan soldier about to attack Wine.

Republish our content for free

Please complete this form to receive the HTML sharing code.

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.