Ugandan opposition leader and former presidential candidate Bobi Wine was prevented from leaving his residence as police and soldiers surrounded his home in Magere, north of the capital Kampala. Wine, also known as Robert Kyagulanyi, expressed his frustration at the situation, stating, “The cowardly military and police have surrounded our home and put us under house arrest, but the protest is on.” The planned demonstrations were organized by opposition politicians to highlight the poor condition of roads in Uganda.

This move comes as the country prepares to host two global summits in the coming days, including the Non-Aligned Movement and G77+China summits. Wine and other opposition figures have called for action to improve the state of infrastructure in the country and for the release of political prisoners.

Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change opposition party also found himself unable to leave his house. Sharing his frustration with the situation, Besigye posted on social media, “Barricaded at home by the COWARDS! No turning back; we deserve better.” He urged people to do what they can to highlight the impact of the poor road infrastructure.

Patrick Onyango, spokesman for Kampala Metropolitan Police, confirmed the presence of security deployment outside both Wine and Besigye’s residences. He stated that these measures were taken to prevent unlawful assemblies and political demonstrations, rather than to make arrests.

Opposition parties have raised concerns about the government’s treatment of homeless people and the demolition of roadside kiosks as part of a clean-up drive ahead of the summits. These actions have been seen as an attempt to present a more polished image to international visitors.

As the protests continue despite the restrictions placed upon opposition leaders, it remains to be seen how the government will respond and whether the grievances regarding the condition of roads in Uganda will be addressed.

FAQ Section:

1. Why was Bobi Wine prevented from leaving his residence?
– Bobi Wine was prevented from leaving his residence as police and soldiers surrounded his home in Magere, north of the capital Kampala.

2. What did Bobi Wine say about the situation?
– Bobi Wine expressed his frustration at the situation, stating, “The cowardly military and police have surrounded our home and put us under house arrest, but the protest is on.”

3. What were the planned demonstrations about?
– The planned demonstrations were organized by opposition politicians to highlight the poor condition of roads in Uganda.

4. What are the upcoming global summits that Uganda is hosting?
– Uganda is preparing to host two global summits, the Non-Aligned Movement and G77+China summits.

5. What action are opposition figures calling for?
– Opposition figures, including Bobi Wine, are calling for action to improve the state of infrastructure in the country and for the release of political prisoners.

6. Why was Kizza Besigye also unable to leave his house?
– Kizza Besigye, former presidential candidate of the Forum for Democratic Change opposition party, also found himself unable to leave his house.

7. What concerns have opposition parties raised?
– Opposition parties have raised concerns about the government’s treatment of homeless people and the demolition of roadside kiosks as part of a clean-up drive ahead of the summits.

Definitions:
– Opposition leader: a political leader who belongs to a party or group that opposes the current government.
– House arrest: the confinement of a person, by authorities, to their residence or another specified location.
– Non-Aligned Movement: a group of states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
– G77+China summits: a gathering of member countries of the Group of 77, which is a coalition of developing nations, along with China.

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