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Bobi Wine speaks of his plight while under house detention



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National Unity Party boss Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has spoken on his plight while under house detention.

The leader of Uganda’s main opposition party said troops raided its headquarters on Monday as staff tried to prepare a legal challenge to President Yoweri Museveni’s declared victory in an election last week.

Wine has been under house arrest ever since the landlocked East African country concluded its Presidential and Parliamentary poll last Thursday.

Incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, was declared winner of the poll with 59% of the vote against Wine’s 35%.

Yesterday the United States ambassador in Kampala was blocked by security personnel from visiting opposition leader at his residence, prompting the mission to call his house arrest a “worrying” sign.

Bobi Wine his wife Barbie and their 18 months old niece.

US Ambassador Natalie E. Brown was stopped from visiting Kyagulanyi at his residence in a suburb in the northern outskirts of the capital, the embassy said in a statement late on Monday.

Brown wanted to check on Wine’s “health and safety,” the mission said.

Wine has today via his Twitter handle explained the kind of torture he has been subjected to by President Museveni’s regime.

Bobi Wine has been detained periodically, and dozens of opposition protesters have been killed.

“Gen. Museveni and his pathetic hypocrisy. In every town, our people (supporters) are brutalized, tear gassed and arrested for gathering to wave at us,’’ Kyagulanyi once wrote on Twitter.

A pop star-turned-politician, Bobi is seen by many as the new face of Uganda’s politics and viewed as a major threat to Museveni who has been in power since 1986.

Kyagulanyi who joined politics five years ago after being elected in a by-election in Kyadondo East constituency, has tremendously grown his support base across the landlocked East African nation.

His latest predicament proves how much the Museveni regime consider him a threat.

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