Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
Capital News
Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine at the gate of his home, which soldiers have surrounded after he alleged mass electoral fraud

Africa

Uganda withdraws troops from opposition leader’s house

Kampala, Uganda, Jan 26 – Ugandan soldiers have stood down their positions around the residence of opposition leader Bobi Wine, a day after a court ordered an end to the confinement of the presidential runner-up.

Wine, a popstar-turned-MP whose real name is Robert Kyagulani, had been under de-facto house arrest at his home outside the capital, Kampala, since he returned from voting on January 14.

For 11 days heavily armed soldiers and police officers surrounding the property had prevented members of Wine’s household, including his wife, Barbie, from leaving their compound and denied access to visitors.

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.

“I was put under illegal detention in my own house because General Museveni did not win,” he told MPs, supporters, party activists and reporters gathered on his lawn.

“He is staging a coup against the will of the people of Uganda.”

The High Court on Monday ruled in favour of a petition lodged by Wine’s lawyers asking for his release, saying his “continued indefinite restriction and confinement” was unlawful.

The Ugandan government had argued that the restrictions on Wine’s movements were “preventative” measures for his own protection and to prevent protests against the election result, which delivered a sixth term for long-running President Yoweri Museveni. 

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Wine has urged his supporters to reject the results as a sham, but has stopped short of calling for protests.

However he warned Museveni — who has been in power uninterrupted since 1986 — that other long-ruling African leaders like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir had been ousted by popular uprisings for overstaying their welcome.

“We want Museveni out of office in less than a year,” Wine said, without elaborating.

The run-up to Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary vote was marred by the worst pre-election bloodshed in years, and a sustained crackdown on government critics and Museveni’s rivals, most notably Wine

Click to comment
Advertisement

More on Capital News

Africa

Saturday's elections were a key test of stability four months after the violence before and after a presidential vote claimed 87 lives in the...

Corona Virus

The pair were asked to step down after reports they had attended a dinner in Amman with a total of nine people, when the...

BBI

The hurriedly planned rally had been seen as the ODM’s leader's chance to address a 24-hour disquiet among his loyalists, who accuse unnamed powerful...

World

ARBIL, Iraq Mar 7 – Pope Francis held the largest mass of his historic Iraq trip Sunday after visiting war-scarred cities to comfort Christian...

World

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping on Sunday stressed efforts to unswervingly pursue high-quality development and improve the people’s well-being when joining...

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7-The Ministry of health has reported 465 new coronavirus infections in the country. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7-The Orange Democratic Movement Party and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has invited applications of interested aspirants in the upcoming by-elections....

Fifth Estate

By Ken Gichinga As the prospects of an economic recovery begin to take shape, there is a deep desire among Kenyans to rebuild wealth...