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UGANDA: Under house arrest since the day after the presidential election, Bobi Wine lodges a complaint with the UN

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Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been under house arrest since Friday, January 15, 2021. The Ugandan opposition leader, who can’t take it anymore, has decided to go on the offensive. Indeed, through his lawyers, he initiated legal proceedings against the Attorney General of the Republic, the Chief of Defence Forces and the Inspector General of the Police of Uganda.

Ugandan opponent Bobi Wine has been under house arrest since the day after the presidential election on 14 January 2021. After several unsuccessful alerts, the opponent decided to take legal action against his country and international courts. Indeed, a complaint for arbitrary detention has been filed with the United Nations (UN) while the High Court of Kampala will rule on the case on Monday 25 January. “Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed this complaint on my behalf with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Arrests. We challenge my continued illegal imprisonment by the police and the Ugandan army,” Bobi Wine tweeted on Wednesday.

Already Sunday, the Ugandan opponent had called on the international community to demand the lifting of his “house arrest”. He has not left his home in Kampala since he went to vote on Thursday. His home is surrounded by soldiers and police who refuse access and prohibit anyone from leaving.During an exchange with journalists via Zoom on a “clandestine” line, Bobi Wine said: “We are here, we have no more food and no one is allowed in or out. We’re out of food, but when my wife tried to go into our garden to get food the military attacked her, the only thing we can do is call on the world and the citizens of the world to help her,” he said worried.

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The Bobi Wine couple is therefore not allowed to leave their home, but also to receive their lawyers. The police forces monitoring the entrance to the residence refused them access. Indeed, one of his advisers, George Musisi, who hoped to have access to his client’s home, since it is not a detention centre, had met with the firmness of the police officers who received firm instructions.”Sixth day under house arrest and we are still stuck with an 18-month-old baby who had visited his aunt (my wife) before we were attacked and besieged. Dad was denied the right to see him. We’re out of food and milk.No one is allowed out or into our concession,” the Ugandan opposition leader tweeted on Tuesday.

Long before Bobi Wine, opponent Kizza Besigye had also been forced to stay at his home for several weeks after the results of the 2016 presidential election he lost against Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.


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