Bobi Wine Kicks as Yoweri Museveni is Declared President for the Sixth Term in Uganda

Bobi Wine Kicks as Yoweri Museveni is Declared President for the Sixth Term in Uganda
Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been declared winner for a sixth term in office, amidst allegations of election fraud by former singer Bobi Wine – his main opposition in the election.

The nation’s electoral commission announced on Saturday that Museveni received 58% of the votes while his rival Wine got 34% of the votes.

Bobi Wine, 38, who was just a child when Museveni came into power back in 1986, alleges that the vote was rigged, as election officials face questions over how results were tallied amid an Internet blackout.

Bobi Wine Kicks as Yoweri Museveni is Declared President for the Sixth Term in Uganda
Bobi Wine

Ahead of Thursday’s election, Museveni’s government shut down social media outlets — including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter— in Uganda. It also sent military vehicles into the streets.

Soldiers and police were out in force in the capital of Kampala on Saturday. In an interview with NPR, Wine said security forces were not allowing anyone in or out of his home, and he urged Ugandans to reject the results.

Bobi Wine Kicks as Yoweri Museveni is Declared President for the Sixth Term in Uganda
Ugandan electoral commission officials count ballot papers after the polls closed at a polling station in Kampala, Uganda, on January 14, 2021. – Ugandans voted on January 14, 2021 under heavy security and an internet blackout in an election pitting veteran leader Yoweri Museveni against a former popstar after one of the bloodiest campaigns in years. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)

In a series of tweets, the top U.S. diplomat to Africa, Tibor Nagy, called Uganda’s electoral process “fundamentally flawed,” citing “authorities’ denial of accreditation to election observers, violence and harassment of opposition figures” and the arrest of civil service organization workers.

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