Uganda election 2021: Museveni projected winner of ‘controversial’ presidential poll

Obinwannem News Uganda election 2021: Museveni projected winner of 'controversial' presidential poll

•We’ll see in court, opposition alleges fraud

Incumbent president Yoweri Museveni won his re-election bid, beating his closest opposition, MP Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, by over 58% of the total votes cast.

The country’s electoral commission, in a live tele-conference, declared the election results in favour of the National Resistance Movement, (NRM) candidate, Yoweri Museveni, who would continue a sixth term as President of Uganda.

Museveni claimed 5.85 million (58.64 percent) votes, while the National Unity Platform candidate, Bobi Wine, received 3.48 million (34.83 percent) votes.

Museveni, 76, is currently the sixth longest-ruling national leader in Africa; having ‘ruled’ Uganda since January 26, 1986, for 34 years and still counting.

Meanwhile, Bobi Wine’s home was barricaded with heavy military guard as the results were announced. His party confirmed Wine was under “effective house arrest,” but the government said it was just providing him with security.

However, the 38-year-old former reggae star, through Benjamin Katana, his representative and head agent of National Unity Platform, described the election results as “an attempt to undermine the will of the people in Uganda”.

Obinwannem News had reported the opposition said on Friday, that the election was noted with “widespread fraud and violence,” and would share (video) proof of voting fraud as soon as internet connections were restored

While addressing newsmen, Wine’s Party head Katana said; “The entire process has been conducted in [the] dark and it lacks transparency.

“The legal framework in Uganda gives us a number of opportunities and options to which we can contest this unfair process and going through the Supreme Court is one of the options.

“We ask the people of Uganda to stand firm and work with us to explore all the options to make sure that we stop this coup.

“His movements are restricted; he is not allowed to leave his home and visitors are not allowed to enter, which in effect indicates that he is under detention, house arrest,” Katana revealed.

Prior to the general elections, singer-turned-lawmaker, Wine, has been arrested several times during his campaign, and organised, peaceful protests. In one of Wine’s numerous campaigns , security forces loyal to president Museveni shot at least 54 persons as many were injured.

The internet has remained down for days as approved by President Museveni, who said it was to curb “spread of misinformation”.

Ozoemela Chikwas reporting, Obinwannem News

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