UGANDA ELECTION: A CAGED TIGER – BY AUSTIN INYANG

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UGANDA ELECTION: A CAGED TIGER – BY AUSTIN INYANG

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has urged the international community to call for the lifting of his “house arrest” the day after the announcement of results from the presidential election that returned longtime President Yoweri Museveni for a sixth term in office.

He also called for international sanctions against the President, the release of political prisoners, an international audit of the election, for “all nations to review their relations with Uganda.’

Wine, who came second with 34.8% in the poll, widely denounced as fraudulent, described himself as “under siege” by soldiers and police who have surrounded his Kampala residence preventing anyone from entering or leaving — with no food or access to his lawyers to launch legal proceedings. Wine, a singer-turned-politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, claims he has videos of ballot-box stuffing, soldiers forcing voters to choose or pre-checked ballots. He has been unable to leave his home since voting last Thursday.

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