Uganda opposition leader under house arrest: wife

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Posted: May 16, 2011 6:33 AM
Uganda opposition leader under house arrest: wife

The wife of Uganda's top opposition leader says he's unable to leave his home though the government denies he's under house arrest.

Kizza Besigye returned to Uganda last week after seeking medical treatment in Kenya following his brutal arrest last month.

His wife said Monday that their home is surrounded by security forces, and a party spokeswoman said there are also roadblocks nearby.

However, police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba says Besigye is not under house arrest.

Besigye finished second in this year's presidential election and has been leading protests that have been the most serious unrest in sub-Saharan Africa since protests swept out leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.