By Deng Dimo
January 16, 2021- The independent electoral commission in Uganda has declared the incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the winner of last Friday president poll.
However, the main rival and challenger musician turned politician Bobi Wine alleged a widespread fraud and dismissed the results.
This mark Museveni’s sixth term in office extending his 35-year-rule in East Africa.
Museveni won 59% of the vote while Bobi Wine won 35%, according to the electoral commission released this evening on televised announcement.
Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine had earlier accused Museveni of fabricating the results and called the poll describing Museveni a dictator “the most fraudulent election in the history of Uganda”.
Early last year, more than 50 people were reportedly killed in Uganda during the campaign.
The election campaign had been seen by many in Africa as emblematic of a struggle between long-time ruling elites and a younger generation mobilising against them.
Museveni’s supporters were jubilant on Saturday, dancing to the news that the electoral commissionhad confirmed his victory.
Despite Museveni winning from his ruling NRM party, 30 MPS, including many cabinet ministers and the vice-president, lost their seats, largely to candidates from Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP).
“I want to thank Ugandans for having come out to decide who should lead us, I am so happy,” a secretary for the ruling National Resistance Movement, Justine Lumumba said. “told the reporters after electoral commission released the results,”
Museveni, 76, campaigned on his long experience and achievements in boosting healthcare and infrastructure and preserving conservative values, arguing that they made him the only figure able to deliver stability and progress.
In a Friday video record, the 38 years Bobi Wine accused Museveni voting fraud and said his party agents were blackouts or prevented from accessing the polling centers across the Country, and allegation denied by the electoral commission.
The EU, UN and US had said they would not monitor the elections after many of their staff were denied accreditation.
Results in the parliamentary election, in which candidates were vying for 529 seats, are still coming in, but Ugandan media reported that 56 NUP candidates had won their races, while the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), previously the largest opposition party, had so far won 34 seats.
The country’s vice-president, Edward Ssekandi, was one of a number of senior ruling party MPs to lose their seats, according to the broadcaster NTV Uganda on Saturday.
The FDC won 35 seats in the 2016 election, but the NUP had no seats in the previous parliament. Wine was elected as an independent and joined the party last year.