By Mable Nakibuuka
Reports coming in indicate the Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF), police and Local Defence Unit (LDU) who had been deployed at National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s home in Magere, Gayaza, where they had camped since the January 14th presidential election.
However, High Court Justice Michael Elubu, on Monday ruled that the military’s continued detention of Bobi Wine and his wife Barbra Itungo at his home is illegal and that they should vacate his residence immediately, because it is not a gazetted detention centre.
Following the court order, Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson, said that Bobi Wine had informed him last that the military had started dispatching from his residence.
“His excellency Bobi Wine informed me that the military started leaving his home at around midnight, whereby they camped outside his residence to regroup before they started marching away.”
Ssenyonyi added that by Tuesday morning most of the military personnel had left Bobi Wine’s home and preparations were underway for him to address the press.
“We also plan to hold a meeting with him as elected Members of Parliament and councillors on NUP ticket during which he will address us,” Ssenyonyi added.
Bobi Wine, who has been under house for almost two weeks now, contested in the recently concluded presidential elections, which were won by the incumbent President elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
However, Bobi Wine rejected the results that were announced by the Electoral Commission, alleging that the election was rigged and that he has enough evidence to prove his case in court.
But since he has been under house arrest, Bobi Wine, who claims to have overwhelming evidence about the electoral malpractices that marred the presidential and parliamentary elections, had not been given a chance to go to court.
It now remains unclear whether the police and military will allow Bobi Wine to go to court and contest president Museveni’s presidency and whether or not they will allow him freedom of movement as directed by the high court.
Watch this space for details…