NAIROBI – Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine said Friday the military had entered his home and “we are in serious trouble," while the country waited for election results amid a government-ordered internet blackout and official results showed President Yoweri Museveni in the lead.
Wine tweeted just hours after he alleged that Thursday's election was rigged and said “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official results, including peaceful protests. He referred to himself as the “president-elect.”
Wine was arrested several times during campaigning but never charged while dozens of party members were detained. This month he petitioned the International Criminal Court over alleged abuses by security forces. Wine has said he feared for his life.
“Bobi and colleagues are safe, for now, following military breaching their fence and entering their property,” an associate of Wine, Jeffrey Smith of the nonprofit Vanguard Africa, tweeted.
Reached by phone, military spokeswoman Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso said that “it's not true. We only have a presence of soldiers in the general area of Magere,” the village where Wine lives. She said Wine should “appreciate” that security forces are there to protect him: "He is not an ordinary person any more.'
A Kampala police spokesman, Luke Owoyesigire, told broadcaster NTV Uganda that three unidentified people had tried to enter and one was arrested while two “took off.” He said Wine was not under arrest.
“We are not under legal detention but the situation around us shows we are under house arrest,” Wine's wife, Barbie, told reporters. "I think it is shameless of our security agencies to do this to us even when they know that the world is actually watching.”
Uganda's electoral commission said the president leads Wine and other candidates based on results from almost two-thirds of polling stations, receiving 62% of ballots while Wine had 30%. It said final results will be declared Saturday afternoon.