Bobi Wine: We are under house arrest with a baby

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2021

On Monday, security forces cordoned off the party's offices in the capital.

"I am therefore seeking an opinion from the Working Group finding the house arrest and continuing detention of Mr. Wine and his wife to be arbitrary and in violation of Uganda's Constitution of 1995 (as amended) and obligations under worldwide human rights law including the global Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights to which Uganda is a state party".

He lost to President Yoweri Museveni, who has led the country since 1986.

Asked if Wine was under house arrest, Opondo said he is "under the protection of the Uganda government" because he is the "target of many forces".

"We expect her to write to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to adhere to diplomatic norms".

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The Unites States supports Ugandan soldiers serving in an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia and has donated about $1.5 billion to Uganda's health sector in the past three years.

There was no immediate comment from Brown or the embassy.

The embassy of the United States said Uganda's election campaign had been "marred by the harassment of opposition candidates, campaign staff, and supporters; suppression of the media and civil society organization activities; and a nationwide internet shutdown before, during, and after voting day". They cited violations of laws meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus for those actions.

Wine and his National Unity Platform announced they were planning to file a lawsuit, claiming the election was rigged, resulting in clashes between opposition protesters and security forces it the country, claiming several lives and resulting in some arrests. The party said that was aimed at complicating their efforts to collect evidence of irregularities committed during the election.

Uganda's defeated presidential candidate Bobi Wine has tweeted that he and his family are "under house arrest and stuck with an 18-month-old baby".

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