Ugandan soldiers leave Bobi Wine's house

Cheryl Sanders
January 27, 2021

Earlier, Kyagulanyi's lawyers led by Anthony Wameli filed an application before High Court Civil Division saying, their client and his wife have been placed under illegal detention at their home by security personnel comprised of UPDF and police since the election day on 14th November.

Hours later, his large compound in a leafy northern suburb of the capital Kampala remained blockaded.

Bobi Wine at the gate of his home, which soldiers have surrounded after he alleged mass electoral fraud (PHOTO/Courtesy).

"Consequently, an order for the restoration of the personal liberty of the applicant hereby issued", Justice Elubu said in a ruling read on his behalf by the deputy registrar Jamson Karemani.

Mr Museveni has always been an ally of the West, receiving copious aid and sending troops to regional trouble spots, including Somalia, where they have helped to fight Islamist militants.

But foreign governments have become increasingly frustrated over his crackdowns on opponents and his reluctance to cede power.

Mr Museveni was declared the victor of the election with 58% of the vote while Mr Wine had 34%. The opposition rejected the result, alleging fraud and unfair conditions, including pre-filled ballot sheets, result tallies showing impossibly high numbers of voters and harassment of opposition polling agents.

But security forces withdrew from around Wine's house on Tuesday, allowing the opposition leader to convene with newly-elected MPs from his National Unity Platform (NUP) for the first time since the vote he says was rigged. A planned visit by the US Ambassador to Uganda, for instance, was blocked by security officials.

Wine channels the anger of young Ugandans who view the ex-guerilla leader, 76, as an out-of-touch autocrat who has failed to create jobs. "Mr. Museveni's tactics towards those who advocate for an inclusive democracy is unsafe and must be addressed by the global community".

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said he had no immediate comment as the ruling had not been received.

Other reports by iNewsToday