Bobi Wine cries foul as Museveni leads in early results

Ugandan Opposition leader Bobi Wine says the country’s election has seen “widespread fraud and violence”, as votes trickled in Friday.

The internet remained down in Uganda for a third day as vote counting for the presidential election continued, with provisional results from 24 percent of polling stations giving President Yoweri Museveni an early lead of 65 per cent while Bobbi Wine trailed with 27 percent.

The 38-year-old former popstar-turned-MP did not give details about his accusations, which contradicted the government’s account that Thursday’s vote had been largely peaceful.

The capital Kampala was quiet and some businesses remained closed, while soldiers and police patrolled on foot the day after the election.

Full results are expected by Saturday afternoon.

Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office, having ruled for almost four decades, and his main rival among 10 opposition candidates is Wine, whose popularity among a youthful population has rattled the former rebel leader.

Voting in Kampala took place under the oppressive security presence of soldiers and riot police in the streets and at polling stations.

The election followed one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition, attacks on the media and scores of deaths.

Bobi Wine has vowed to lead a non violent protest across the nation should the election results be compromised.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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