On the afternoon of Jan. 18, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie Brown tried to pay a visit to the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine, in a suburb of the capital, Kampala. She had planned to check on Wine’s health and safety, but was turned back by security forces at the gate of his residential compound. The pop star-turned-presidential candidate, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been under house arrest since casting his vote in the Jan. 14 general elections.
The government claims the soldiers guarding Wine’s home are there for his own protection. They may not be there much longer, as the Ugandan High Court ruled Monday that the house arrest must be lifted, though security forces have defied court orders in the past. Hours after the verdict, “the military still surrounds my home, blocking access to all!” Wine said on Twitter.