Ugandan opposition leader, Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine has said that he is under house arrest.
While addressing journalists at his home at Magere in the outskirts of Uganda’s capital Kampala he said, ”My home is surrounded by policemen. I am under siege. I am under house arrest. But that will not make us get scared of fighting for our rights.”
He said that he was abducted from Uganda’s international airport at Entebbe by men in plain clothes and taken to his home without his consent.
Bobi Wine was arrested by police and placed in a vehicle and driven to his home. Police said that it did so to avoid his supporters from causing chaos at the airport and along the highway from the airport to the capital city of Kampala.
But the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has refuted Bobi Wine’s allegation. She said the former Presidential candidate was simply offered free transport and security to his home, in order to avoid the disruption of businesses along Kampala-Entebbe road.
Nabbanja’s remarks were in response to concern raised by John Baptist Nambeshe, Chief Opposition Whip while in parliament who questioned the essence of Uganda celebrating independence yet some individuals perceived as a threat politically are being denied their freedom, saying that Bobi Wine’s home has been turned into a military barracks.
However, Nabbanja put Nambeshe to order, accusing him of spreading deceiving information to Parliament that the opposition leader is under house arrest.
However, Deputy Speaker Tayebwa declined to take sides on the matter saying he wasn’t aware of the arrest of Bobi Wine because he was held up trying to prepare for the plenary sitting.