#FreeBobiWine: court orders army, police to leave Bobi Wine compound

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High Court in Kampala on Monday ordered Ugandan police and army officers to vacate the premises of National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Following the January,14 election, security surrounded Kyagulanyi’s home blocking has been described as one meant to stop him from instigating riots in protest



In a ruling, High Court judge, Michael Elubu said that the continued detention of the opposition politician, is unlawful and unconstitutional.
Wine has been holed up at his home in Magere after a disputed election returned President Yoweri Museveni to office for a sixth term.
“The continued indefinite restriction and confinement of the applicant (Kyagulanyi) in his home is unlawful and in the result his personal liberty has been infringed,” the Elubu ruled.



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The state had argued that the confinement was meant to stop him from instigating riots in protest of the outcome of the elections but also to prevent him from breaking the law when he organizes processions to violate the Coronavirus guidelines put in place by government.
However, justice Elubu noted that there is no evidence to the same, adding that if available, Kyagulanyi should be presented before courts of law and charged other than speculating on the same.
Bobi Wine has not left his home since he cast his ballot on Thursday January 14. He was prevented from leaving the premises from Friday as soldiers and police surrounded the compound.



The soldiers also preventing anyone from entering or leaving. A planned visit by the US Ambassador to Uganda, for instance, aborted after security officials blocked
The court however directed that Kyagulanyi should follow the Coronavirus guidelines put in place by government and the Ministry of Health.

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