76-yr-old Yoweri Museveni re-elected as Ugandan President for 6th term
Jan 18 2021
Museveni has said it was the cleanest election in the country's history.
However, Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-politician has called on Ugandans to reject the announcement adding that his team was considering all peaceful, nonviolent and legal options to contest the results.
"The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni ... elected president of the republic of Uganda", said Chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama. I call upon all Ugandans to reject the blackmail.
Uganda's electoral commission said that Mr Museveni received 58% of the vote to Mr Wine's 34%, with a voter turnout of 52%.
He said turnout was 57.22 of nearly 18 million registered voters. On Wednesday it ordered the internet shut off and has not yet restored it.
Museveni, 76, has been in power for more than three decades and, ahead of this vote, outside observers believed there was little chance he would relinquish his position.
Final results are expected by Saturday afternoon. On polling day, more than 30 election observers were arrested.
Wine had campaigned heavily on social media as some traditional outlets refused to include him in their election coverage.
The United States, a major aid donor to Uganda, cancelled a diplomatic observer mission after too many of its staff were denied permission to monitor the election, and aside from an African Union mission there was no major global group watching over the vote.
AP journalists who tried to reach Wine's home on Kampala's outskirts were turned away by police. Worldwide observers denied accreditation to observe the elections. "I feel threatened", said the 38-year-old, who described the invasion as unprecedented and "a siege". "So I followed them to Kasangati police station. But I'm told the machines were rectified and in many cases people voted by the machines".
After being beaten by security forces, he was hospitalized for treatment of injuries, party spokesman Joel Seenyonye said at the news conference. It's only wise for him now to groom a successor.
"My grandfather told me about the old regimes", Tusiime said. Ugandan law guarantees that every candidate is allowed representation at polling locations.
Britain said it was concerned by a national internet shutdown that began the day before the vote, and that it said constrained freedoms and "clearly limited the transparency of the elections".
We have certainly won the election and we've won it by far.
"We no go tolerate foreign pipo wey dey chook mouth of our politics, we no want foreigners to dey interfer for our affairs".
The army's deputy spokesman Deo Akiiki said the soldiers were there for "his own security and the security of people around him".
Appearing on NTV, Kampala Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said Wine was not under arrest. We have just provided security in the area.
Legislator Francis Zaake, a Wine supporter who in the past has been arrested and allegedly tortured by security forces, was given access, only to be stopped at the roadblock. "Also, all journalists - local and global - dey blocked from reaching me here at home", e tok.
Wine's lawyer, David Lewis Rubongoya, told CNN that Wine was still under house arrest.
Yoweri Museveni (left) and Bobi Wine. "It is illegal and unconstitutional".
"The agitation of the People Power, Our Power Movement in Uganda is synonymous to what GYB2PYB Youth Support Group stands for, which is why we are urging Governor Yahaya Bello to contest for President, and lead the youths from the front as we take back what is rightfully ours", Mr. Nihi said.