Court orders army and police to vacate Bobi Wine’s home

Security deployment in Magere

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The High Court has issued an order directing Ugandan police and the military to vacate National Unity Platform [NUP] President Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s home.

Bobi Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo have been under house arrest since they voted on January 14, 2021.

The security deployed at Bobi Wine’s home, are also preventing anyone from entering or leaving his home. Recently, a planned visit by the US Ambassador to Uganda, for instance, aborted after security officials blocked Amb Natalie Brown from seeing Bobi Wine.

Later the government accused the envoy of breaching diplomatic norms over her attempt to visit.

Court ruled that Bobi Wine’s rights had been infringed on his rights and that he is being held at home which isn’t a gazetted detention center. Court said if he was under arrest, he would be dispatched to a police station and produced before a magistrate.

“The continued indefinite restriction and confinement of Bobi Wine is unlawful and his right to liberty has been infringed and orders that he be released.”

President-elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was announced the winner in the hotly contested presidential race on January 16th, with the EC saying he polled 5.85 million votes equivalent to 58.64 per cent, while his closest challenger Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform [NUP] polled 3.48 million votes equivalent 34.83 per cent.

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Bobi Wine however maintained that he won the January 14 election and will continue to challenge the results. He said Court action will be determined in the next few days.

“The revolution is going on and nothing, absolutely nothing, will stop us. The regime is desperate to close this chapter, to pretend that things have moved on. This is just the beginning. We are removing a dictator and we will not rest until we achieve this mission,” Bobi Wine said.

“I am indeed under house arrest and I continue to live through these indignities and humiliation but my spirit is very strong. I hope you, comrades, out there are strong too,” he said a a live Facebook broadcast at the weekend that attracted over 50,000 viewers.