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Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni Extends 35-Year Rule With Disputed Election Win

Yoweri Museveni took energy in 1986, is one among Africa’s longest-serving presidents.

Kampala, Uganda:

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has received a sixth time period in workplace, the election fee mentioned Saturday, extending his 35-year rule after a ballot which his predominant rival mentioned was marred by fraud.

The 76-year-old chief, who took energy in 1986, is one among Africa’s longest-serving presidents. He was accused of crushing the opposition and media forward of one of the crucial violent election campaigns lately.

Museveni received with 58.6 % of the vote, seeing off a stiff battle from 38-year-old former ragga singer Bobi Wine, who fired up a youthful inhabitants the place three quarters are below 30 years outdated.

Wine was below heavy guard at his house on the outskirts of Kampala because the outcomes have been introduced, together with his social gathering saying he was below “effective house arrest”. The authorities mentioned it was merely offering him with safety.

The singer-turned-MP was amongst 10 opposition candidates and got here second with 34.eight % of the vote.

“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the republic of Uganda,” mentioned election fee chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.

He mentioned turnout was 57.22 of just about 18 million registered voters.

Security forces poured into the streets of Kampala after the announcement, with one soldier atop an armoured personnel service urging residents to keep up social distancing as a helicopter buzzed overhead.

Images on state tv confirmed jubilant Museveni supporters in his house district waving flags and cheering, whereas troopers within the capital helped marshal motorbike drivers for a parade — handing them yellow vests and Museveni posters.

Museveni, in a wide-ranging speech on state tv after the announcement, thanked his supporters and mentioned that now, “the only thing to avoid is violence”.

“I think this might turn out to be the most cheating-free election since 1962,” when the nation achieved independence, he mentioned.

However, the election was marked by harassment and arrests of the opposition, assaults on the media and the deaths of not less than 54 folks.

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus praised Ugandans on Saturday for voting “despite an environment of intimidation and fear”.

She added that the US was “deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls”.

Wine alleged widespread fraud similar to poll field stuffing and mentioned his social gathering brokers had in some locations been overwhelmed and chased from polling stations.

“Whatever is being declared is a complete sham, we reject it and we dissociate ourselves with it,” he mentioned on Friday.

‘We do not management them’

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Wine’s house remained sealed off by troopers and police on Saturday, after he advised AFP Friday night that safety forces had breached the fence round it and he felt below “siege”.

The military’s deputy spokesman Deo Akiiki mentioned the troopers have been there for “his own security”.

However, the spokesman for Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP), Joel Ssenyonyi, advised AFP Bobi Wine “is under effective house arrest”.

“People are angry because their vote has been stolen. They don’t need me or Bobi Wine to tell them to get angry,” Ssenyonyi mentioned. “Even we can’t control them.”

Disappointed at Wine’s loss, 31-year-old carpenter Dennis Agaba complained that “the election was not fair”.

However, 35-year-old electrician Dennis Tusiime was celebrating the consequence, describing himself as “very, very happy.”

Tibor Nagy, the highest US diplomat for Africa, tweeted the vote was “fundamentally flawed”, citing the denial of accreditation to election observers and “violence and harassment of opposition figures”.

The web has been down for 4 days, and authorities spokesman Ofwono Opondo mentioned the measure was taken resulting from “abuse, misuse, disinformation, fake news with the overall objective of undermining the integrity of the electoral process including the results… and possibly to cause destabilisation”.

He mentioned the web could be restored as soon as the risk had handed, presumably on Monday morning.

Odds stacked in opposition to Wine

Museveni has dominated Uganda with out pause since seizing management in 1986, when he helped to finish years of tyranny below Idi Amin and Milton Obote.

Once hailed for his dedication to goo
d governance, the previous insurgent chief has crushed any opposition and tweaked the structure to permit himself to run many times.

For many within the nation, the place the typical age is 16 and most have identified just one president, Museveni’s glory days are now not related or adequate.

Wine, together with his humble origins in a slum and in style songs about financial and social injustice, struck a chord with younger folks. But observers mentioned the chances have been stacked in opposition to him with Museveni’s highly effective grip on the state.

Wine’s newly-formed NUP is nonetheless on observe to develop into the primary opposition social gathering in parliament, notably successful eight of 9 constituencies within the capital Kampala.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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