Uganda President Museveni Keeps His Challenger Bobi Wine Under House Arrest

Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who was the main challenger of Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni in last week’s presidential elections has been Incarcerated in his house for now eight days.

Uganda’s Electoral Commission Chaired by Justice Simon Byabakama declared Museveni the winner of controversial elections with 58.64 percent whereas Bobi Wine was given 34.83 percent.

Even before Museveni was declared winner, military and police had surrounded Bobi Wine’s home and has not been allowed to move out since January 14. Bobi Wine dismissed Museveni’s victory on grounds that it fell short of a free and fair elections.

Throughout the campaign period, Bobi Wine was blocked by soldiers and police. The reggae star turned politician survived being killed five times during the campaign rallies as bullets were often fired into his car.

Bobi Wine on Friday addressed the country via social media where he promised to announce the next course of action in order to protect what he calls stolen victory by Museveni.

Museveni has been in power since 1986 and majority of Ugandans have been born under his rule. Bobi Wine is seen by youths in Uganda as a person of their generations and most of his supporters are young adults.

Bobi Wine is only 38 years old while Museveni is 76 even though there has been contention on his actual age. Brig Flavia Byekwaso the military spokesperson and CP Fred Enanga the police spokespersons said military will stay surrounding Bobi Wine home claiming he is mobilizing the youth to stage riots.

In November last year, 54 people were shot and killed by soldiers and police when young people staged protests demanding for Bobi Wine release after he had been arrested at his campaign venue.