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Ugandan security forces withdraw from Bobi Wine’s house

Ugandan Security forces have withdrawn from presidential candidate Bobi Wine’s residence after he spent 11 days under house arrest, his lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been unable to leave his home since 14 January. In his own words

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“It has been an experience of isolation, of torture, of humiliation, having our compound turned into a military garrison,” Wine told Reuters from his garden, wearing a red beret with the words “People Power. Our Power”.

“Having our employees traumatised, beaten, an experience of hunger. We were not allowed to access our garden. But again, it has been a reminder that we can overcome any kind of stress.”

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The Ugandan High Court ordered security forces to end Wine’s house arrest on Monday.

Justice Michael Elubu, who heads the court’s civil division, said if the government had evidence against Wine, he should be charged in court and not “held unjustifiably at his home,” according to Musisi.

Wine, a popular singer, was the main opposition frontrunner in the presidential elections held on January 14 and his home has been surrounded by military and police since the elections ended.

President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of the elections for a record sixth term by the country’s electoral commission, amid fraud and rigging allegations.

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Wine rejects the election results, saying he has evidence of fraud and intimidation.

Wine’s team will decide today whether they will appeal the results of the elections. Wine’s team had hoped to decide sooner, but have been unable to meet because of the house arrest, Musisi added.

The government said security forces were there for Wine’s own protection, while police said food had been delivered by a motorcycle courier each day. The army denied his wife had been assaulted but has not responded to the allegation about the gardener.