Uganda Police Return Opposition Leader Home, Surround House


Ugandan police returned opposition leader Bobi Wine to his home and encircled the property hours after arresting him during a protest over human-rights abuses by security agents against his supporters.

The politician — whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi — was “arrested as he led MPs and other leaders in a peaceful protest against the abduction, torture and murder of his supporters,” an administrator posted on Bobi Wine’s Twitter account.

“The right to protest peacefully is a fundamental human right. We are protesting for hundreds of missing Ugandans whose families have not heard from them for months! Those who have showed up have been grossly tortured — castrated, fingernails plucked out, eyes smashed,” according to another tweet on Wine’s account.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone seeking comment.

Wine, 38, was runner-up during presidential elections in January that handed the victory to President Yoweri Museveni for a sixth term. Police had the opposition leader under house arrest for 11 days following that vote until a High Court judge ruled that the confinement was illegal.

The lead-up to the election was marred by violence, with at least 54 people dying after protests that erupted because of Wine’s arrest in November. Wine said more than 400 supporters, including members of his campaign team were arrested.

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