Yesterday, the High Court sitting in Kampala ordered for the immediate withdrawal of security forces in and around Kyagulanyi’s home where they have been camping since election eve on January 13.
A joint Security
Force made of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and the Uganda Police last
night vacated the home of former National Unity Platform presidential candidate
Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine.
The move comes barely a day after the High Court in Kampala ordered for the immediate withdrawal of security forces in and around
Kyagulanyi’s home in Magere, Wakiso District, where they have been camping since January
13. But this morning, when Uganda Radio Network visited the home located about one and a half kilometres off the
Kampala-Gayaza Road, there was no visible security personnel around the 20-acre property owned by Kyagulanyi.
Instead, there was only one Toyota saloon car driven by security
personnel who normally trail him. However, around the villages of Magere and Seeta, we found military and police patrol
pickups full to the brim with soldiers and policemen patrolling the area. Security
also maintains a roadblock in Magere trading centre although they are neither
checking nor stopping vehicles moving to and from the area.
last night, soldiers and policemen in uniform and plainclothes had taken siege
of Kyagulanyi’s home, disallowing anybody entering or leaving his home. On the side
of the main gate, they had erected a roadblock at the start of the Freedom
Drive about 300 metres from Kyagulanyi’s gate.
On the eastern gate, there was
also another roadblock the same meters away from the house. There were also soldiers
deployed along the perimeter wall that runs across Kyagulanyi’s property. When we visited
this morning all these had been withdrawn.
spoke to us on condition of anonymity for security reasons said that
by the time they went to bed, the soldiers were still around.
have left around midnight or so, because by 9 p.m. yesterday, they were still
around,” said one neighbour. Another one
said she was tired of soldiers turning her compound into a camping site.
friendly people; for all the time they have been here, there is nothing I can
accuse them of. But naturally, no one would want his home to be turned into a military
barracks,” said another neighbour of Kyagulanyi.
The Electoral Commission on
January 16 declared Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the National Resistance Movement
who garnered 58 per cent of the valid vote against Kyagulanyi’s 34 per cent. Since then, Kyagulanyi was placed under house arrest to allegedly stop him from
engaging in acts that undermine national security.
Today for the first time in
over 10 days, Kyagulanyi will speak to the media at midday and will lay out his
plans to challenge President Museveni after the disappointing electoral