Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni anticipating sixth term as opposition comes under attack and claims widespread fraud Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

Preliminary results on Friday, January 15, showed that Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, in office for more than 34 years, and on his fifth-term, was set to win a sixth. Museveni had received 1,852,263 votes as of Thursday night, according to the electoral body, and the opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, was trailing him with 821,874 votes. 

The election was marred by military force against the opposition and internet and social media blackouts since January 13. Opposition has claimed widespread fraud.

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Wine told Reuters in a statement, “We are putting every legal, every constitutional, and every non-violent option on the table. I will be happy to share the videos of all the fraud and irregularities as soon as the internet is restored.”

As anticipated, election observers scaled back due to COVID-19 and restrictions on travel. The United States and European Union did not send observer teams for the Uganda election, and the African Union and East African Community have teams on the ground. 

In the latest move, the military has reportedly taken over the home of the leading opposition candidate. The Bobi Wine presidential team Tweeted, “The military has jumped over the fence and has now taken control of our home — BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 15, 2021.

The next results update is due at 9 pm, with the nationwide curfew in place since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wines is confident he’s won the election, stating, “I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far.” 

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Kristi Pelzel
Kristi Pelzel
Kristi Pelzel is a Senior International Correspondent at Today News Africa, working across U.S. and African markets, based in Washington, D.C. Her expertise spans broadcast, digital, and social media communication, nested with policy research, analysis, and writing. A member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Kristi holds a B.A. from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, and an M.A. from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

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