Ugandan court lifts opposition leader Bobi Wine's house arrest, orders security forces to leave

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KAMPALA – A Ugandan court has ordered security forces to cease surrounding the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine, whose house arrest since a mid-month presidential election has drawn international pressure, his lawyer said on Monday.

Troops blocked the 38-year-old popstar-turned-politician from leaving his house in a suburb of the capital Kampala since he voted in the 14 January election, where he ran against long-serving incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

Lawyer George Musisi told Reuters:

The judge ordered that the state and its agencies should immediately vacate his property and his right to personal liberty should immediately be reinstated.

Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, was declared winner of the poll with 59% of votes versus 35% for Wine, who had for years denounced corruption and nepotism in his songs. He rejected the result, alleging fraud, which the government denies.

Musisi said the judge also ruled that if there were any serious allegations against Wine, he should be brought before a court or police.

There was no immediate reaction from the government or confirmation from the court.

US ambassador Natalie E. Brown had tried to visit Wine at home, drawing accusations of meddling and subversion from the Ugandan government.


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