Uganda's Museveni declared election winner

January 17, 2021 World
Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni offers been re-elected, electoral officials say, amid accusations of vote fraud by his main rival Bobi Wine.

Mr Museveni won practically 59% of the vote, with Bobi Wines trailing with about 35%, the Electoral Commission said.

Thursday's poll risk turning out to be the "most cheating-free" in the annals of the African nation, the president said.

Bobi Wine, a past pop star, vowed to supply proof vote-rigging when online connections were restored.

The government shut down the internet ahead of voting day, a approach condemned by election monitors.

They said confidence in the count had been damaged by the days-long cut. A government minister advised the BBC on Saturday evening that the web service will be restored "very soon".

In a telephone interview with the BBC World Service, Bobi Wine stated he and his wife weren't being permitted to leave their house by soldiers.

"Nobody is permitted to leave or enter into our house. As well, all journalists - localized and international - have already been blocked from accessing me at home," he said.

Dozens of folks were killed during violence in the run-up to the election. Opposition politicians have also accused the federal government of harassment.

The effect gives President Museveni a sixth term in office. The 76-year-old, in electric power since 1986, says he represents stability in the united states.

Meanwhile, Bobi Wines - the level name for 38-year-older Robert Kyagulanyi - says he has the backing of the youth in another of the world's youngest nations, where the median age is 16.

Source: Dailyasianage - World News

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