Ugandan Opposition Leader Calls on Museveni to Release Political Prisoners

Opposition leader Bobi Wine has called on President Museveni to release political prisoners and put an end to the abductions.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi gave a speech at the headquarters of the National Unity Platform on Tuesday urging his supporters to protest against Museveni’s government.

“I call upon you to rise up peacefully, unarmed and demonstrate against the regime that has oppressed us,” he said.

In his speech, Wine listed four demands: an independent audit of the election, an end to abductions, the release of political prisoners, and an end to the practice of trying civilians in military courts.

The call comes two months after President Museveni was re-elected in what he describes as the most “cheating free election.” Museveni was said to have won 58 percent of the vote while Wine came in second with 35 percent of the vote. Bobi Wine alleges that the election was rigged and he is the real winner of the election with 54 percent of the vote.

Wine petitioned the court challenging the results but withdrew it, claiming the judiciary was stacked in Museveni’s favour.


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