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Bobi Wine in 'serious trouble' as house invaded by Ugandan military

The opposition presidential candidate tweeted news hours after he alleged electoral fraud

Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine tweeted on Friday that he was in "serious trouble" after the military entered and took control of his home.

He was arrested several times during campaigning but never charged while dozens of party members were also detained.

Mr Wine petitioned the International Criminal Court over alleged abuses by security forces earlier in January saying he feared for his life.

Reached by phone, military spokeswoman Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso told AP that “it’s not true. We only have a presence of soldiers in the general area of Magere (where Wine lives).”

She said Mr Wine should “appreciate” that security forces are there to protect him and that he is "not an ordinary person anymore".

The emerging controversy comes amid a government-ordered internet blackout as Uganda awaits the results of Thursday's election.

President Yoweri Museveni is in the lead, according to official sources, but Mr Wine has alleged the vote was rigged.

He said “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official results, including peaceful protests. He referred to himself as the “president-elect.”

Updated: January 16, 2021 02:18 AM

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