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House Arrest Of Opposition Leader Bobi Wine Illegal, Rules Uganda High Court

Africa | Uganda January 25, 2021



Uganda High Court on January 25, 2021 ruled that house arrest of the country’s opposition leader Bobi Wine is illegal and ordered police and soldiers to vacate the premises of the politician's house. That was reported by some media.


Bobi Wine and his family have been under house arrest since January 15, 2021, after he reportedly declared himself winner of the country’s 2021 presidential election before official results were announced by Uganda Electoral Commission. When the national electoral body on January 16, 2021 declared the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni winner of the election, Bobi Wine refused to concede defeat citing widespread electoral fraud. He indicated that he intends to appeal to the country’s Supreme Court to challenge the results.


Initially, a spokesperson of Uganda security forces had said police and soldiers were in the premises of Bobi Wine’s house to protect him because he was a presidential nominee hence not an ordinary citizen anymore.

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