Jan, 25th 2021 – A Ugandan court has ordered the military and police to leave the home of opposition politician Bobi Wine. Bobi wine has not left his house in the capital Kampala since voting in the presidential election 11 days ago, in which he was declared runner-up to President Yoweri Museveni.
Monday’s ruling by the High Court in Kampala comes after a petition by Bobi Wine’s lawyers. The state argued it needed to prevent him from organizing protests across the country, a claim that has been dismissed by human rights defenders.
Bobi Wine alleges that the election, in which he won 35 percent of the vote as National Unity Platform leader, was rigged. The government has however denied the fraud allegations.
Uganda’s Electoral Commission said that 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.
During campaigns, security forces regularly broke up rallies of the 38-year-old pop star turned politician with teargas, beatings, bullets, and detention. For these actions, the officers however cited violations of law meant to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
54 people were killed in November as security officers put to end the protests that erupted after Mr. Wine was detained for allegedly violating the anti-coronavirus measures.