US Ambassador held away from Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine

In Uganda, security forces stopped the American ambassador from visiting opposition leader Bobi Wine. Wine says it was fraudulent in last weeks elections, which were won by 76-year-old incumbent president Yoweri Museveni.

According to the Electoral Commission, the former rebel leader, who has been in power in the East African country since 1986, won the elections with 59% of the vote.


Wine, a popular singer whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is now actually grounded. Last weekend, he reported that hundreds of police officers and soldiers had surrounded his house and that he was out of food. He also said that the army had raided his office.

The American ambassador Natalie Brown wanted to visit Wine to see what was going on with the โ€œhealth and well-beingโ€ of the opposition leader. But security forces obstructed her from the road.

The Ugandan government then lashed out to the United States. A spokesman blamed Ambassador Brown for trying to โ€œundermine our elections and the will of the peopleโ€.