US Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown was Monday denied access to Bobi Wine’s home
Security put a siege Bobi Wine’s soon after the electoral commission declared Mr Museveni the winner of the 2021 presidential elections.
Bobi Wine’s says he has not left his home since he went out to vote in the election on Thursday [last week] and on Friday said he was under “siege” as soldiers and police surrounded his home, preventing anyone from entering or leaving.
“Our leader … is effectively under house arrest,” National Unity Platform spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi told a press conference, adding no one was being allowed access.
“His home is not a detention facility. We are very concerned about the state in which he is in, and his wife.”
Officials have said the soldiers and police were there for Wine’s own security. The police spokesperson, Fred Enanga on Monday said the siege at Kyagulanyi’s home will continue for an unspecified period of time as a way of preventing any form of violence that he said are being planned by certain individuals and groups of people.
In a statement released on Monday, the embassy said the US Ambassador to Uganda, was stopped from accessing the home as he tried to visit Kyagulanyi.
“U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown attempted to visit presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi at his residence on January 18, but was denied access by Ugandan security forces,” the embassy said in the statement.
According to the embassy, the visit was meant to check on Kyagulanyi’s health and safety but noted this was not possible after being denied access by security.
“Uganda’s election campaigns were 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,” the embassy said.
“These unlawful actions and the effective house arrest of a presidential candidate continue a worrying trend on the course of Uganda’s democracy. Nobody should be unlawfully denied a means to communicate and the freedom to leave their home, should they choose to do so.”