KAMPALA, 26 January 2021 – Ugandan pop star turned politician, Bobi Wine, left his house Tuesday, the first time he has done so since he voted in presidential elections earlier this month.
His first call was to media, according to our reporter in Kampala.
Ugandan security forces have humiliated me and my family, Bobi Wine told journalists who gathered to hear him speak.
The security forces surrounding his house since the the presidential election earlier this month did not immediately withdraw, despite being ordered to do so by a Kampala court.
The end of the de facto house arrest has come in time for Bobi Wine, if he so desires, to formally challenge the outcome of the ballot.
He has another four days to do so and the courts would have up to 30 days to hear any matter he brings regarding the election.
Bobi Wine alleged fraud in the ballot, promising to provide evidence to prove his allegation once the Internet (which was cut off for a while) was re-established.
He has not done so yet and the electoral commission has denied the accusation while challenging him to publish the evidence he has.
President Yoweri Museveni, who was declared winner with nearly 59 percent of the votes cast, compared to Bobi Wine who got nearly 35 percent of the vote, could have prevented the petition by merely maintaining the house arrest long enough for his challenger to go to court.
Museveni has done so before.
Following the 2016 presidential election, Dr. Kizza Besigye, who was the then challenger of Museveni, was held under house arrest for two months.
Five years earlier, protests called by Besigye to decry suspected fraud in that year’s presidential elections, met with blind repression by Ugandan armed and security forces.
Besigye did not challenge the election outcome in court in 2011 and could not do so in 2016 given his confinement in house arrest.
Meantime, Bobi Wine has told Ugandans that they can protest what is happening to him, if they believe it is the right thing to do.
He, however, stopped short of ordering them to take to the streets, sticking with a cautious path he has been on ever since he stressed that he was not calling for an insurrection even if he was for peaceful street protests.