Uganda ordered to end Bobi Wine’s house arrest

Written By: BBC

Bobi Wine has been under house arrest with his wife since the election Photo EPA

A Ugandan court has ordered the military and police to leave the home of opposition politician Bobi Wine.

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He has not left his house in the outskirts of the capital Kampala since voting in the presidential election 11 days ago, in which he was declared runner-up to President Yoweri Museveni.

The state argued it needed to prevent him organising protests.

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Dozens of people were killed during campaigning – many were shot by security forces.

Uganda’s Electoral Commission said the vote was peaceful, but the EU, United Nations and several rights groups have raised concerns. Aside from an African Union mission, no major international group monitored the vote.

The BBC’s Patience Atuhaire in Kampala says armed police and soldiers have been stationed outside the musician-turned-politician’s residence, not allowing anyone in or out.

Several more have been patrolling the neighbourhood.

Army spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso has told the BBC that the security agencies will respect the court order.

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