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Bobi Wine leaves country

Bobi Wine and Nubian Li inbAmsterdam in 2019 (PHOTO/File)

National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi will leave the country for the first time since January 2020.

Without giving details of the trip, NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi said Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is leaving the country for a four working visit.

While away, Ssenyonyi said Mr. Wine will meet several leaders and fellow strugglists on African continent in furtherance of the struggle for freedom and democracy.

Mr. Wine was under house arrest in January as he contested the election outcome. A court later ruled against his arrest.

Mr. Wine said he presented evidence that the election was fraudulent after President Museveni, who has been in power since 1985, was declared the winner.

Museveni won the January 14 elections with 58% of the vote and 35% for Wine, according to final results announced by the electoral commission.

After the election results were announced, security forces surrounded Wine’s house to prevent him from leading protests.

European Union election monitors reported that international observers were excluded during polling. Internet access was also restricted for days before the vote.

Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since gaining its independence from Britain in 1962.

Museveni himself has castigated former leaders such as Idi Amin, whose regime was notorious for kidnappings and extrajudicial killings.

But opposition figures such as Mr. Wine and Dr. Kizza Besigye accuse Museveni of increasingly ruling like his predecessors.

They say corruption and abuses by the security forces have become more widespread as Museveni tries to extend his rule.

“Many of our brothers and sisters disappeared and they’ve never been seen again,” Wine said on Tuesday, speaking of alleged disappearances in the aftermath of the presidential vote. “Those who have been lucky to return have spoken of being subjected to unspeakable torture and brutality.”

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