Yoweri Museveni Re-Elected President of Uganda for 6th Time, Opposition Bobi Wine Denounces Fraud

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Yoweri Museveni, January 14, 2021, during the presidential election.

Yoweri Museveni, January 14, 2021, during the presidential election. BADRU KATUMBA / AFP

President Yoweri Museveni, in power in Uganda since 1986, was re-elected Saturday, January 16, for a sixth term with 58.64% of the vote, announced the Election Commission, while his main opponent, Bobi Wine, obtained 34 , 83% of the votes.

Mr Wine – real name Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – challenged the election results, denouncing “A complete masquerade” and considering having “Largely won” the election. According to Mr. Wine, this election was the subject of “Worst trick ever known” in Uganda. He promised to provide video evidence once internet access was restored.

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 The  38-year-old MP and ex-ragga singer, popular with Ugandan youth, denounced massive frauds – such as ballot stuffing, pre-filled ballots, voters who received ballots only for legislative elections or attacks on observers of his party, sometimes driven from polling stations.

Since Friday evening, soldiers have surrounded his home, on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. His party denounces “A house arrest”, where the government says the military provides security.

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 The  chairman of the Election Commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, called on the population to “Stay calm and accept the result of these elections”. For their part, the police advised Ugandans not to go out to celebrate or contest the results, citing measures to fight Covid-19, the same used during the campaign to prevent opposition rallies.

Mr. Wine’s party, the Platform for National Unity (or NUP, for National Unity Platform, in English), did not rule out the possibility of demonstrations. “People are angry because their vote has been stolen. en24news.com

 The y don’t need me or Bobi [M. Wine] to tell them to get angry “NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi said. “Even we cannot control them. “

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 The  elections were held at the end of a particularly violent campaign, marked by the harassment and arrests of members of the opposition, attacks on the media and the death of at least 54 people in riots as a result. yet another arrest of Mr. Wine, whose campaign was largely hampered.

With a turnout of 57.22%, this election took place in apparent calm Thursday, but under the strong and oppressive presence of riot police and soldiers, and against the backdrop of an Internet cutoff, entering its 4e day.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Museveni had publicly assumed censorship of social media. According to him, this is a retaliatory measure by the suspension by of several government-related accounts, accused of coordinating to artificially influence the public debate.

A former guerrilla, first applauded as a modern leader after the horrors of the regimes of Idi Amin Dada and Milton Obote, Mr. Museveni gradually turned into an authoritarian president. His hegemonic party, the National Resistance Movement, twice amended the constitution to allow him to remain in power.

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Assistant Secretary of State for African American Affairs Tibor Nagy on Twitter estimated the vote “Fundamentally biased”, denouncing “Violence and harassment of opposition leaders”. He estimated “Essential the immediate and total reestablishment of Internet connections” and “Urged all actors to restrain and reject violence”.

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 The  World with AFP

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