There is a road north of the capital, Kampala, that few Ugandans wish to follow.
It is a rough, potholed track which leads to the home of the opposition leader, Bobi Wine.
The 38-year old has not left his home since last Thursday, when he cast his vote in the general election. He came second in the presidential contest after the country’s long-time ruler, Yoweri Museveni, took 58% of the vote.
Mr Wine’s house is now surrounded by riot police and soldiers along with a set of metallic yellow spikes in case anyone was minded to drive their way in.
Nonetheless, we met a pair of lawyers in a respectable looking car who told us they were determined to speak to their client.
George Musisi, a partner in a firm in Kampala, said Mr Wine’s home had been turned into a de facto prison.
“We know that his home is not a detention centre, we know that it is a private property, so we are going to see how we can access it,” he said.
The lawyers, who accuse the government of trying to muzzle the popular politician, edged slowly towards the police barricade.
Lawyer Benjamin Katana tried to reason with policeman in charge.
“[Bobi Wine] has rights, like access to his lawyers especially now he is under detention, we need instructions from him, this is standard,” he said.
The commander looked decidedly uncomfortable and left them to make a phone call.
He came back to tell the lawyers that no one was getting in.
“You can contact the police department’s spokesman if you want.”
The lawyers chuckled.
“This is futile, even people in police cells can access their lawyers,” said an exasperated Mr Musisi.
Bobi Wine, who captured the imagination of younger voters during the campaign, was contacted by phone and he said the situation inside the cordon was desperate.
“We have run short of food supplies but when my wife tried to go to our garden to pick food she was assaulted by the military,” he said.
“The only practical plan now is to inform the world to see that fellow citizens of the world can help us.”
He told Sky News he has even been targeted with bullets and tear gas.
The Ugandan authorities have done this before. Five years ago, prominent opposition leader Kizza Besigye was detained for 40 days after the election. He told me it was part of a long-standing pattern of harassment.
“How many times were you arrested?” I asked.
“Frankly I cannot count how many times I was arrested, because I lost count. Sometimes it was every day,” said Mr Besigye.
“How many times did you go to court?” I inquired of Mr Besigye, who stood against President Museveni in four elections.
“Again very many… I was charged with rape, treason, terrorism and illegal possession of guns all in one go [at the beginning of the 2006 presidential campaign].
“I was tried [and cleared] of rape but the judgement didn’t come out until after the election. Many cases are still in court.”
Mr Besigye said he experienced strong sense déjà vu watching the Bobi Wine campaign and warns that the authorities will not leave him alone.
Yet the people of Uganda will need the 38-year-old, along with every other opposition-minded citizen, if they are going to overturn Mr Museveni’s rule.
“It’s difficult to [physically] gather, it’s difficult to work together but it doesn’t mean people won’t challenge his regime,” said Bobi Wine.
“They are determined, trust me – so watch this space.”
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