Mr. Besigye rejects Ugandan election results

Mr. Besigye rejects Ugandan election results

- Mr. Besigye has rejected the Ugandan election results saying it was rigged

- Mr. Besigye who was arrested three times during the elections is currently under house arrest

- Electoral observers say elections was marked with fear and intimidation

The main opposition leader in Uganda’s polls held last Thursday, Kizza Besigye, has rejected the result of elections, in which President Yoweri Museveni won a fifth term of office.

Mr Besigye, who has been under house arrest since Friday, described the poll as a sham and a creeping military coup. He added that Ugandans had seen "the most fraudulent electoral process".

Mr. Besigye rejects Ugandan election results

Mr. Besigye

In a statement from Mr. Besigye he noted that he is under house arrest and has his home sealed off and not allowed to go anywhere. He lamented about how nobody  is allowed  to access his home and how he is under some electronic blockade, not having access to internet in his house.

"Generally, the regime is baring its bloodied fangs and claws for all to see. This has not been an electoral process. This is a creeping military coup ," Mr Besigye said in a statement.

On their part, Foreign observers have described the polls as one conducted in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

While praising the "remarkable determination" of Ugandans to vote, EU chief observer Eduard Kukan said the governing National Resistance Movement's "domination of the political landscape distorted the fairness of the campaign".

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It was the fourth time Mr Besigye, candidate for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, had taken on President Museveni. The two men were once allies, with Mr Besigye serving as Mr Museveni's personal doctor when they were guerrilla fighters.

He was placed under house arrest ostensibly to stop him announcing his vote score unilaterally. The next closest challenger to Mr Museveni, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, is also reportedly under house arrest.

President Museveni, who has been in power for 30 years, received nearly 61% of the votes, with Mr Besigye taking 35%. Mr Museveni  is reported to have seized power in 1986 and is credited with restoring stability to Uganda. However, critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian.

The National Resistance Movement put out a statement celebrating the win, saying Mr Museveni's opponents had "failed to offer any alternative".

The election has been marred by sporadic violence and opposition allegations of electoral fraud, with social media sites and messaging apps blocked.

 

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