Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine says his home is “under siege”

“My home has been surrounded by soldiers, they’ve jumped over the fence, they’ve taken over my compound, they’ve arrested my security guard,” he stated in a telephone call from his house on Friday.

His phone was obstructed and the internet closed down for a long time as security forces rupture into his house the day after surveys opened in the governmental election.

“I want the world to know that my life is in danger and I am not safe,” he included.

Previously, reporters taking a trip to Red wine’s house for an interview were reversed by security forces well prior to reaching his house. Lots of press reporters were likewise required to leave the nationwide election tally center, in spite of having accreditation.

The hashtag “We are removing a dictator” has actually been trending because surveys opened in Uganda the other day and was utilized extensively as news of the military existence at Red wine’s house broke.

Bobi Wine poses for a photograph after casting his ballot during the presidential election at a polling station in Magere
Enduring ruler President Yoweri Museveni, 76, is looking for a 6th term in workplace. He is being challenged by 10 opposition prospects, consisting of Red wine.

Museveni stated in a CNN interview aired on Tuesday that he would “accept the results” if he lost.

“Uganda is not my house… if the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues, I go and deal with my personal issues very happily,” he informed CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Red wine repeated his require the United States and European Union to hold Museveni and his federal government “accountable to free and fair elections.”

“It is evident that the government of Uganda and the generals blocked the election observers of the EU and also blocked the United States election observers, switched off the entire internet… so that Uganda can carry out elections in the dark,” he informed CNN.

“We are calling for the world to respond legally. We are calling for the US to hold General Museveni and this government accountable to free and fair elections..” Red wine included.

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Prior to casting his tally on Thursday, Red wine dealt with the media and grumbled that most of his ballot representatives throughout the nation have actually been avoided from observing the election by authorities.

Ugandan law assurances that every prospect is permitted representation at ballot places.

Lots of ballot stations were required to utilize manual ballot and checks after the biometric makers stopped working to sign up tallies due to the fact that of the web shutdown bought by the federal government.

There were likewise reports of late shipment of voting product and inadequate product at many ballot places.

On Tuesday, 2 days ahead of the surveys, web service companies were bought to obstruct access to social networks platforms. In an address to the country on the exact same day, Museveni validated that Facebook and other social networks were obstructed, implicating them of “arrogance.”

Uganda’s Electoral Commission is anticipated to state the winner on Saturday., two days after surveys closed.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.