Court in Uganda rules de facto house arrest of Bobi Wine illegal








Uganda’s High Court on Monday ruled that the continued deployment of the police and military around the home of opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, Bobi Wine, is illegal, a judicial spokesman said.


“The ruling was made today that the security forces being at Bobi Wine’s place was unlawful,” Justice Ministry spokesman Solomon Muita said.


“I am yet to get details of the ruling but the judge ordered that the security forces need to leave his premises immediately.”


It was not immediately clear whether the security forces had indeed departed from Wine’s home.


Wine, a 38-year-old singer turned politician who is the main threat to long-ruling incumbent Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.


Wine became second in the just-concluded Jan. 14 elections, has since the end of voting been under de facto house arrest with security troops surrounding his home.


His lawyers filed a petition against the continued siege by heavily armed troops of the youthful politician’s upmarket home, which sits on 0.8 hectares of land north of Kampala.


The campaigns ahead of the elections in the East African state were marred by violence, with security forces breaking up each rally being addressed by Wine and other opposition leaders.


An unknown number of people were killed, injured or arrested, but there were no recorded serious violent incidents during and after the elections.

Museveni – in power since 1986 – got 59 per cent of the votes while Wine got 35 per cent.

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