KAMPALA, UGANDA – Uganda’s electoral fee on Saturday declared President Yoweri Museveni the winner of the 2021 basic elections. In the meantime, Ugandan army and police surrounded the house of opposition chief and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, referred to as Bobi Wine.
Opposition leaders rejected the election outcomes, saying they might not reside like serfs and that the outcomes have been fabricated. On polling day, greater than 30 election observers have been arrested.
Greater than 10 truckloads of army and police personnel handed journalists who had camped a couple of meters from Kyagulanyi Sentamu, Wine’s home. Different army personnel carried out foot patrols close by.
Wine’s dwelling was cordoned off by authorities and entry out and in was blocked to the general public, together with journalists.
Legislator Francis Zaake, a Wine supporter who previously has been arrested and allegedly tortured by safety forces, was given entry, solely to be stopped on the roadblock. He was then pulled from his automotive and crushed earlier than being thrown right into a police van.
Reporters have been stored at a distance, and because the police van went previous, Zaake might be heard screaming inside.
Newly elected Nationwide Unity Platform legislator Joyce Bagala advised journalists what she noticed.
“I adopted them to know the place they have been taking him, as a result of … he was screaming and you’ll really hear the screams,” Bagala mentioned. “So I adopted them to Kasangati police station. That’s the place they dropped him. They pulled him out of the automotive, however I believe he was badly crushed.”
Electoral Fee head Simon Byabakama introduced simply after 4 p.m. Saturday native time that Museveni had received the election, securing a sixth five-year time period as president.
“Candidate Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta, having obtained the best variety of votes within the election and votes solid in his favor being greater than 50 p.c of the legitimate votes solid on the election, the electoral fee declares Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta elected president of the republic of Uganda,” Byabakama mentioned.
Officers mentioned Museveni received 58.64 p.c to Wine’s 34.83 p.c of the overall votes solid in Thursday’s balloting.
Byabakama known as on Ugandans, particularly these supporting the losers, to remain calm.
After the announcement, an eerie silence, empty streets and a heavy safety presence prevailed. Voter Dennis Kimbugwe mentioned he didn’t belief the outcomes issued by the Electoral Fee.
He mentioned he most popular to comply with the voting from his location to substantiate whether or not the particular person he voted for had received or misplaced. However he didn’t need to be advised that he ought to go hearken to the radio, including that authorities had deployed the army.
He’s not alone. Kalibala John Bosco mentioned it was time for the federal government to eliminate elections.
Bosco mentioned Museveni ought to simply bar elections if he feels he nonetheless desires to be president, as a result of the present apply was irritating for Ugandans. He mentioned the federal government doesn’t rely folks’s votes and simply does what it desires.
Efforts to get a remark from the ruling get together failed, and get together officers didn’t reply media cellphone calls.
The U.S. Embassy in Uganda declined to observe the election after authorities denied greater than 75 p.c of its accreditation requests.