Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is under unofficial house arrest by the military, has lodged an arbitrary detention case with the United Nations.
“The Nigerian human rights advocate, Femi Falana, has lodged this lawsuit on my behalf with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. We’re questioning my continued unlawful confinement by the Ugandan police and the military,” he tweeted Wednesday.
Bobi Wine’s residence in Kampala has been surrounded by the army since Friday, the day after Uganda held presidential elections in which Bobi Wine contested against President Yoweri Museveni.
The leader of the opposition, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, said that he will legally challenge the outcome of the presidential race, claiming “widespread fraud” as the first election in Uganda.
Long-time President Museveni, 76, was re-elected with nearly 59% of the vote, led by 38-year-old Bobi Wine, approximately 35%. Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents, has been in office for 35 years. He amended the constitution of Uganda to allow himself to run for another five-year term.
Since the beginning of the vote, the election has been dominated by terror, with almost constant violence.
The Internet was shut down across the world just before the vote started. It has since returned, but the social media remains inaccessible.
Human Rights Watch said Thursday that the run-up to the polls was characterized by systematic brutality and human rights violations.