Several hours after the High Court in Kampala ruled that the continued house arrest of Bobi Wine is illegal and unconstitutional, the military still surrounds his home, blocking access to all.
Justice Michael Elubu, who heads the court’s civil division, said that if the government had evidence against Bobi Wine, he should be charged in court and not “held unjustifiably at his home.”
Soldiers remain at the compound and Uganda’s military has a history of defying court orders.
Lawyers say they would petition the court for each soldier that remains to be held in contempt.
A spokesperson for the Uganda Police Force said the officers still at Bobi Wine’s home will vacate the premises.
“We are a law-abiding institution and do respect the High Court ruling.”
Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine and his wife Barbie have been under house arrest since they voted on January 14, 2021.
Bobi Wine’s team will decide in the next 24 hours whether they will appeal the results of the elections.
Bobi Wine’s team had hoped to decide sooner, but have been unable to meet because of the house arrest, lawyers said.
The deadline to do so is on February 2.