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Africa: discover 8 of the continent's most influential opposition leaders

1. Bobi wine (Uganda)

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, is a Ugandan musician and politician.

He is a Member of Parliament representing the Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso district, in the central region of Uganda.

He is the leader of the People's Power Movement and a major figure in the opposition to the government led by President Yoweri Museveni.

2. Julius Malema (South Africa)

Julius Sello Malema is a South African politician who is an MP and leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party he founded in July 2013.

He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012.

He is a vocal opposition figure in South Africa against the governments of former President Jacob Zuma and current President Cyril Ramaphosa.

3. Diane Rwigara (Rwanda)

Diane Shima Rwigara is a Rwandan businesswoman and women's rights activist, who ran as an independent candidate in the 2017 Rwandan presidential election.

She is a fervent critic of the government of President Paul Kagame and was jailed for over a year with her mother for notably inciting an insurgency against the government of President Paul Kagame.

The international community condemned the arrest and she was released on bail alongside her mother in October 2018.

4. John Mahama (Ghana)

John Dramani Mahama is a Ghanaian politician who served as President of Ghana from July 24, 2012 to January 7, 2017.

He previously served as Vice President of Ghana from January 2009 to July 2012 and took office as President on July 24, 2012, following the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills.

Mahama has been confirmed as the opposition Democratic National Congress candidate to run in the 2020 election against the current president, Nana Akufo-Addo, who ousted him in 2016.

5. Riek Machar (South Sudan)

Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon is a politician who served as South Sudan's first vice president from independence in 2011 until his dismissal in 2013.

He now leads the rebel faction opposed to Salva Kiir known as SPLM-IO. Between April and July 2016, Machar was the first vice president of South Sudan.

He is reported to have signed a power deal with President Salva Kiir, which will lead to a ceasefire and bring peace to South Sudan.

6. Maurice Kamto (Cameroon)

Maurice Kamto is a Cameroonian politician; he is the founder of the MRC and a leading opposition figure against the government of President Paul Biya.

He was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1999 to 2016.

In October 2019, a Cameroonian military court released opposition leader Maurice Kamto, imprisoned for nine months and charged with insurgency.

Mr. Kamto was arrested after staging protests in January 2019 against the outcome of the 2018 presidential election.

7. Martin Fayulu (DR Congo)

Martin Madidi Fayulu is a businessman and legislator from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He is the leader of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development party.

Many critics still believe he is the legitimate winner of the December 30, 2018 election and accuses long-time former leader Joseph Kabila of making a backdoor deal with current president Felix Tshisekedi.

8. Raila Amolo Odinga (Kenya)

Raila Amolo Odinga is a Kenyan politician who served as Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013 and leader of the opposition since 2013.

He was deputy for Langata from 1992 to 2013.

In 2018, the Kenyan opposition leader, who boycotted the country's contested elections the year before, swore himself as "people's president" in a mock inauguration ceremony to protest the President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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