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BRIEF: Uganda’s opposition leader under house arrest, runs out of food

Bobi Wine, who leads Uganda’s opposition party, the National Unity Platform, was placed under house arrest following the nation’s elections, which he alleged were rigged. The elections saw the incumbent, 76-year-old Yoweri Museveni – who came to power in 1986 – retain his office yet again.

This week, Wine tweeted that he and his wife had run out of food and his wife was assaulted by soldiers, who had surrounded their house, when she tried to pick food from their garden. He said his headquarters were raided by troops on Monday, Reuters reported.

The couple is now caring for an 18-month-old niece who had visited them before they were placed under house arrest. Her father has been denied access to her. “We have run out of food and milk. No one is allowed to leave or come into our compound,” Wine said.

Opposition supporters were repeatedly cracked down on in the run-up to the election, and 54 people were killed during one week of protests in November, Reuters reported. But while the government may have taken Wine’s freedom, for now, they haven’t silenced him on social media. He’s brought the world’s attention to what’s happening in Uganda, and that will be making Museveni worried and angry.

This brief was originally published in The Wrap here.

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