The High Court in Uganda has issued an order directing police and the other security agencies at the home of the former presidential candidate, Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, to vacate with immediate effect.
The NUP Chairman and his wife, have been under siege at their home in Magere since election day, and allowed no outside access.
Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, was declared runner-up by the Electoral Commission in the presidential election held on 14th January, with 34.8% of the vote, behind incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who it said got 58.6%.
Police Spokesman Fred Enanga was quoted in the media saying that Robert Kyagulanyi was placed under “preventive arrest” as he “planned to disrupt public order.” Still, he did not specify what crime was being planned. More than a week now, after he was placed on house arrest, the authorities have yet to present any charges against him.
Court has now advised the state and their agencies to present evidence showing that Kyagulanyi is a danger to society and is about to commit an offense. If this is the case, they should follow the law, arrest him, take him to an authorized detention center and later produce him in court. Short of the above, his continued detention at his home has been ruled illegal and an infringement on his personal liberties.
“The judge ordered that the state and its agencies should immediately vacate his property and his right to personal liberty should immediately be reinstated,” lawyer George Musisi said to the media.
Justice Micheal Elubu also restored the right to restricted movements to Barbra Itungo , wife to Kyagulanyi, and ordered the Attorney General to pay them for the cost of this application. The application in question was filed by Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, stating that their client and his wife had been placed under illegal house arrest.