President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, 76, has been returned to office for a sixth time amid vote-rigging claims from his opposition challenger, Bobi Wine.
The Uganda’s electoral commission announced on Saturday January 16, that Museveni received 58% of votes and Wine amassed 34%, and voter turnout was 52%.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” said election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
Byabakama called on the population to “remain calm and accept the outcome of these elections” while reminding those jubilating to be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bobi Wine, a 38-year-old ex raggae singer who was hoping to oust the long-time president as he has been in power since 1986, has dismissed the Thursday election as a “complete sham”.
He claimed to be victorious on Friday, adding that he had video evidence of vote-rigging and saying “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official election outcome, including peaceful demonstration.
Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, Election commission chairman said “the onus is on candidate Kyagulanyi to show how votes are rigged.”
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, later took to his official Twitter page to raise an alarm over a military siege at his home in the country.
The 38-year-old, who described the invasion as unprecedented and “a siege”, said; “They jumped over my fence. They came inside my compound. They are here right now. I don’t know why they’re here. But I’m imagining they are here to harm me. I feel threatened”.