Ugandan opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine said he would contest the results of the presidential election that nominated outgoing President Yoweri Museveni as the winner. He also called on his supporters to refrain from violence.
In Uganda, opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has indicated that he will legally challenge the results of the presidential election in which incumbent President Yoweri Museveni is announced as the winner. Bobi Wine further urged his supporters to refrain from violence. He made the announcement this Sunday, January 17, 2021, via the Twitter account belonging to his National Unity Platform (NUP) party, a few hours after the country’s electoral commission declared Museveni the winner with 58.6% of the vote.
Security personnel and police were patrolling in force in the capital Kampala and an internet blackout, ordered by the government on the eve of the elections, is still in place. “I take this painful but nonetheless inevitable decision by management to urge you to desist from all forms of violence as we prepare to challenge the election result and its glaring imperfections in court in the name of our long-term victory and for Uganda, ”he said.
The decision was made after consulting with senior NUP officials, Bobi Wine said. State TV footage showed jubilant Museveni supporters in his home district waving flags and applauding, while soldiers in the capital helped motorcycle riders stage a parade, handing them vests yellow and President posters.
On Saturday Bobi Wine announced that it was under de facto house arrest and argued that the January 14 elections were rigged in Museveni’s favor. For its part, the electoral commission responded. “He said he had evidence of widespread irregularities,” Catherine Wambua-Soi said. “He did not show his proof, he said he was going to present his proofs once the internet is restored”, he added, speaking of Bobi Wine.
Meanwhile, the United States and an African election observation group have complained about electoral irregularities. The US State Department’s top diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, tweeted Saturday that “the electoral process was fundamentally flawed.” He cited reports of fraud, the denial of accreditation of observers, the violence and harassment of opposition members and the arrest of civil society activists.
The UK expressed concern about the blocking of the internet across the country, adding that the action restricted freedoms and “clearly limited the transparency of elections.” In a statement, Britain’s Africa Minister James Duddridge also called for an investigation into alleged election irregularities.