Ugandan Opposition Leader and National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi , popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested and put under house arrest by police in Kampala for leading a peaceful demonstration in demand for the release of hundreds of his missing supporters who were arrested during the January 14 elections.
In an official statement posted on Bobi’s Twitter handle by one of his administrator’s, the runner-up in the January 14 presidential poll was “arrested as he led MPs and other leaders in a peaceful protest against the abduction, torture and murder of his supporters,” Bobi Wine’s admnistrator posted.
Bobi and some of his supporters that were also arrested this afternoon were driven to Kampala Police station.
An hour later, in another tweet on his timeline by his administrator, Kyagulanyi was later driven to his house and put and forced house arrest with a tight security round his home.
His arrest comes hours after Mr Yoweri Museveni in his televised address on Sunday night warned him and his party members against causing chaos ahead of his swearing ceremony scheduled for May 12, 2021.
“They have been planning that they will stop swearing in of the president. They won’t. They plan all sorts of crazy things including killing their own Opposition people to say it is the government,” said Mr. Museveni.
Wine, 38, was runner-up during presidential elections in January presidential elections that declared incumbent President Yoweri Museveni the winner for a sixth term.
After the announcement by the Ugandan Electoral Commission, police forcefully subjected the opposition leader to an 11 days forced house arrest, claiming that he was planning to initiate violence in the country. However, a High Court judge ruled that the confinement was illegal and the police later decamped from his house.
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