Uganda: Bobi Wine escapes house arrest, protests innocence
Ugandan politician and pop star Bobi Wine appeared in public on Thursday to announce he escaped from house arrest.
The lawmaker was detained on Monday as he attempted to travel to a venue where he planned to hold a concert before it was cancelled by authorities on Sunday. However, Wine is free once again after escaping security forces at his home on Thursday and protesting his innocence in public.
Bobi Wine escapes house arrest
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, escaped house arrest on Thursday to attend the funeral of a fellow politician in the town of Bugosa on Thursday. Addressing the crowd at the funeral, Wine explained he had escaped the confines of his home, which he says has been turned into a prison.
Despite his escape, Wine insists he doesn’t advocate fleeing from authorities or breaking the law, calling himself a law-abiding citizen whose civil rights are being violated.
“I had to come because Busoga is my home,” he told people attending the funeral. “I sneaked out of my home which is now a prison. But I do not support escaping from prison. I am a law-abiding citizen. I got out because it was a violation of the law and against my rights.”
Bobi Wine has established himself as one of Uganda’s most prominent critics of President Yoweri Museveni’s regime and is now being touted as a potential rivla in future elections.
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