Apr 10, 2021

Uganda’s Opposition Leader Arrested During Rally, His Office Said

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Last week, Mr Wine said it had been 70 days since authorities arrested all of his campaign team members in Kalangala, Central Uganda.

FILE PHOTO: Opposition leader Bobi Wine was taken to a police station before being driven in a police vehicle to his home outside Kampala which was subsequently 'surrounded by police and the military', according to his Twitter account. PICTURE: Reuters

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KAMPALA: The presidential challenger was under house arrest in January as he contested the election outcome.

Ugandan opposition leader Mr Bobi Wine was arrested in the capital Kampala on Monday as he took part in a peaceful protest, his office reported on his Twitter. 

Security forces reportedly surrounded the opposition leader’s house after taking him there. Mr Wine had called for protests against the crackdown on his supporters.

The singer, lawmaker and presidential contender had called for protests following a crackdown on his supporters and aides. 

“…He led MPs and other leaders in a peaceful protest against the abduction, torture and murder of his supporters. The protest was taking place at City Square, Kampala,” Mr Wine’s office said. 

Security forces then reportedly surrounded Mr Wine’s house after police took him there following the arrest.

Local media reported that authorities accused Mr Wine of attempting to demolish Uganda’s longest-serving president, Mr Yoweri Museveni’s government through leading violent protests. But Mr Wine said he had led peaceful rallies. 

Why is Bobi Wine protesting? 

Footage circulated by local media showed the moment of Mr Wine’s arrest while he held a poster saying “bring back our people.”

Last week, Mr Wine said it had been 70 days since authorities arrested all of his campaign team members in Kalangala, Central Uganda. 

He reported that thousands of his supporters were in arbitrary detention, calling for their release. 

The presidential challenger was under house arrest in January as he contested the election outcome. A court later ruled against his arrest. 

Mr Wine said he presented evidence that the election was fraudulent after Mr Museveni, who has been in power since 1985, was declared the winner.

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