By Mable Nakibuuka
The embassy of the United States in Uganda has called upon the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and the police to henceforth vacate National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s home, following a high court ruling that his detention is illegal.
To date Bobi Wine is under house arrest after the military cordoned off his home on January 15th, claiming that he was being put under preventive arrest because security forces had received intelligence that he was planning to stage violent demonstrations across the country to protest the result of the presidential elections.
However, the High Court presided over by Justice Michael Elubu, today ruled that Bobi Wine’s continued detention by the military is illegal because his home is not a gazetted detention centre and that if the police suspect he is about to commit any crime they should detain him at a police station, not his home.
The court also ruled that Bobi Wine’s wife Barbra Itungo Kyagulanyi must be granted her freedom of movement and that the state must bear the legal costs incurred by the Kyagulanyi family.
Following the High Court ruling, the U.S Mission in Uganda, headed by H.E Natalie Brown, has since urged the military to comply with the court order and vacate Bobi Wine’s home in Magere, Gayaza, Wakiso district, such that he can regain his freedom.
“The Uganda High Court ruling that the restrictions on Robert Kyagulanyi were unlawful underscores the role of an impartial judiciary. The 🇺🇸 calls on security forces to honor the decision. Freedom of expression, assembly, & movement must be respected for all in a democratic society,” the U. S embassy tweeted on Monday January 25th, 2021.
It should be noted that ambassador Brown is one of the very many people who have been blocked from visiting Bobi Wine ever since he was put under house arrest by the military.
Bobi Wine contested against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the recently concluded presidential elections, which the latter won with over 58%, while former scored almost 34%
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