Soldiers withdraw from Bobi Wine’s house


Ugandan soldiers have ended the siege on the residence of opposition leader, Robert Kyagulani, better known as Bobi Wine.

This comes a day after a court ruled in favour of a petition lodged by the presidential runner-up’s lawyers, saying his “continued indefinite restriction and confinement” was unlawful.

Wine, a popstar-turned-MP, had been under de-facto house arrest at his home outside the capital, Kampala, since he returned from voting on January 14 in the election where he ran against incumbent President Yoweri Musevini.

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.

However, 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 election he alleges was rigged.


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