Uganda poll: Falana drags President Museveni to UN over opposition leader Bobi Wine

Uganda poll: Falana drags President Museveni to UN over opposition leader Bobi Wine

Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a complaint at the United Nations against Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, for illegally detaining his main opponent in the recently concluded Presidential election, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Falana said in a statement on Tuesday that Bobi Wine had been denied access to his lawyers in a bid to prevent him from filing a petition against the declaration of Museveni as the winner of the highly flawed Presidential election.

“We have submitted a complaint against the government of Uganda to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerning the detention of the detained couple,” Falana said.

The complaint by Falana, which was attached to the statement, read in part, “Mr. Wine and his wife are being illegally detained for days without any criminal charges preferred against him. He has also been denied adequate supply of food by hundreds of Uganda military forces and policemen who have laid siege to his house for the umpteenth time since the election day.

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Winner of Uganda’s presidential election

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Museveni, the incumbent president of Uganda, was declared winner of the country’s presidential election conducted on Thursday, January 14.

Museveni’s victory implies that he has now been re-elected for a sixth term which will see his 35-year-old rule extended.

The country’s election commission said Museveni won 58.64% of the nearly 10 million ballots cast, while opposition leader Bobi Wine received 34.83% of the vote.

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Bobi Wine alleges electoral fraud

In a related development, Uganda’s opposition leader alleged that the presidential election was marred by widespread fraud and violence.

The former popstar turned lawmaker didn’t give details of his accusation as he made the claim in a tweet shared on his Twitter page on Thursday.

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Wine who remained positive as at the time when votes were counted under an internet blackout was able to bypass the blockage and tweet around 10:14 pm.

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