January 20, 2021

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Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine is still under house arrest.

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Uganda: Free Bobi Wine

Uganda: Free Bobi Wine

Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine is still under house arrest, six days after the military barricade his home.

Bobi Wine has been sharing his predicaments on Twitter, saying they are stuck in the house with young children, including their 18-year-old niece and are running out of food.

“Day Six under house arrest and we’re still stuck with an 18 months old baby who had paid a visit to her auntie (my wife ) be we were raided & besieged. The Dad has been denied access to her. We have run out of food and milk. No one is allowed to leave or come into our compound,” Bobi Wine said in a tweet.

The politician had also a few days before cited that his wife was blocked from leaving the house to go purchase groceries.

His lawyers and aides have also been denied access to Bobi Wine.

US Ambassador Natalie E. Brown was also on Monday stopped from visiting Kyagulanyi at his home. The Ambassador called the situation “worrying”.

On Monday, Bobi Wine said that “heavily armed military” and police once again raided and barricaded their party offices in Kampala.

“No one allowed to go in or come out. Museveni after committing the vilest election fraud in history has resorted to the most despicable forms of intimidation,” he said.

Bobi Wine was the closest challenger in the just concluded election in  Uganda, where the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, got re-elected.

Interestingly, born in February 1982, Bobi Wine was only 4 years old when 76-year-old Museveni started ruling Uganda in 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before he captured power in the 1980s.

The election campaigns in Uganda have been marred with violence and massive arrests with President Museveni being accused of using the army to harass his opponents.

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