After being on house arrest for close to two weeks, Bobi wine comes out seeking a re-run of the elections. Bobi believes the elections are in many ways compromised. Adding to his demands, the youthful Ugandan pop star seeks investigation for close to 3000 missing persons believed to have been abducted. Dating back to November during the election campaigns, Bobi reveals that many of his supporters started disappearing. Around the same time, protests emerged demanding his release after an arrest during one of his campaigns. Wine continues to prove adamant in his efforts to prompt a new election over the allegedly fraudulent election results. As a result, a court challenge defying the January 14th election result was made official on Monday.
Presidential election results
Incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, long-serving Uganda president, was declared the country`s president. Results that did not satisfy the opposition presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine. Wine believes he won the elections. However, cases of ballot stuffing, pre-marking ballots, and even intimidating voters through security forces contributed to his downfall. The police further confirm that 110 polling agents from Wine`s party were arrested. Furthermore, 223 persons got arrested on the accounts of assault, intimidation, and bribery.
Uganda police remarks on Bobi Wine`s allegations
The police department of Uganda affirms that investigations concerning the missing persons are already in play. In their defense, the police were merely conducting their duties at the time of protests. Close to 600 people were thus arrested and detained. The police affirmed that the protests were far from being peaceful, as looting and riots overtook the protestors.
Wine`s supporters on the 3000 abducted persons
The National Unity Platform, Wine`s official political platform, confidently recounts security officials loading people in minivans. Apparently, the vans were unmarked, and the people arrested were not heard from. They certainly were not taken to the police station to be detained. According to the NUP secretary-general David Lewis Rubongoya, the disappearances began to occur when the two-day protests commenced.
The family and friends of the missing persons took the matter to the authorities. Most of the disappearances originate from the Central region of Uganda, which holds most wine`s supporters. Other missing cases came in from the East and Northern Uganda.
Uganda Police as abductors
The NUP secretary-general explains further the way the police disguised themselves to try and hide their identity. The police arrived in minivans with tinted car windows and armed as well. Further forcing their way into people’s houses and forcing them to accompany them to unknown places. Deputy Chief of Police Paul Lokech thus orders an investigation warning anyone involved in the abductions will be held accountable.