‘Under siege’: Uganda’s Bobi Wine says military raids home
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‘Under siege’: Uganda’s Bobi Wine says military raids home

‘Under siege’: Uganda’s Bobi Wine says military raids home

15 Jan 2021

Uganda opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine says the military has “taken control” of his house after “it jumped over the fence”.

Bobi Wine tweeted the news just hours after he alleged Thursday’s election was rigged, saying “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official results.

We are under siege. The military has jumped over the fence and has now taken control of our home

— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 15, 2021

None of these military intruders is talking to us. We are in serious trouble. We are under seige.

— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 15, 2021

He also referred to himself as the “president-elect”.

Shortly after his tweets were posted, the opposition candidate confirmed to Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi in Kampala that the military had been surrounding and entered his home.

“Some soldiers jumped into his compound and beat up his guards … some journalists who are there are also telling us [Al Jazeera] that there is a huge presence of soldiers around his house,” she added.

Military officials according to Soi said while there was an incident at Wine’s residence, but it was not “the way Bobi Wine was explaining it”.

Uganda’s electoral commission says longtime President Yoweri Museveni leads Bobi Wine and other candidates in provisional results which Bobi Wine described as a “joke”.

It says final results will be announced on Saturday afternoon while also asking Bobi Wine to prove his claims.

Wine said he would provide evidence of pre-ticked ballots and other irregularities once internet access in Uganda is restored.

“We secured a comfortable victory,” Wine said. “I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far.” He was considering “peaceful and nonviolent protests” over the declared results and said “every legal option is on the table.” Candidates can challenge election results at the Supreme Court.

Internet in the East African country remains inaccessible after the government cut it off on the eve of the elections.

On Tuesday, Museveni announced the suspension of social media networks and messaging services including Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp in response to Facebook closing accounts linked to government officials the technology giant said were spreading misinformation.

Bobi Wine has been arrested multiple times on various charges, but never convicted. He says dozens of his party members have also been arrested.

He campaigned while wearing a bullet-proof vest, saying the feared for his life.


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