Bobi Wine arrested during protest over missing supporters
Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine has been arrested while leading a protest in the capital, Kampala
Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine was arrested on Monday in the capital Kampala as he took part in a peaceful protest, his office reported on his Twitter.
The singer and lawmaker’s arrest followed a crackdown on his supporters and aides, with hundreds detained, according to local media.
Security forces surrounded Wine’s house after police took him there following the arrest, his office said on Twitter
“…He led MPs and other leaders in a peaceful protest against the abduction, torture, and murder of his supporters. The protest was taking place at City Square, Kampala,” Wine’s office said.
Local media reported that authorities accused Wine of attempting to demolish President Yoweri Museveni’s government through leading violent protests.
Why is Bobi Wine protesting?
On March 10, Wine said that it had been 70 days since authorities arrested all of his campaign team members in Kalangala, Central Uganda.
He reported that thousands of his supporters were in arbitrary detention, calling for their release.
The presidential challenger was under house arrest in January as he contested the election outcome. A court later ruled against his arrest.
Wine said that he presented evidence that the election was fraudulent after President Museveni, who has been in power since 1985, was declared the winner.
What was the election outcome?
Museveni won the January 14 elections with 58% of the vote as popstar-turned-politician Wine had 35%, according to final results announced by the electoral commission.
After the election results were announced, security forces surrounded Wine’s house to prevent him from leading protests.
European Union election monitors reported that international observers were excluded during polling.
Internet was also shut down for days before the vote.
Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since gaining its independence from Britain in 1962.