Ugandan politician and main rival in the just concluded President election, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result which saw the incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the country’s presidential election.
Uganda’s Election Commission had on Saturday declared Museveni, thereby extending his 35-year rule.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni … elected president of the republic of Uganda,” said Chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
Speaking to Al Jazeera shortly after, Bobi Wine’s representative Benjamin Katana rejected the results.
“What has been announced here is an attempt to undermine the will of the people in Uganda,” he said.
“The legal framework in Uganda gives us a number of opportunities and options to which we can contest this unfair process and going through the Supreme Court is one of the options,” Katana added. “We ask the people of Uganda to stand firm and work with us to explore all the options … to make sure that we stop this coup.”
The results were announced as Bobi Wine was under heavy guard at his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, with his party saying he was under “effective house arrest” and the government saying it was merely providing him with security.