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Uganda’s Electoral Commission Returns Yoweri Museveni for Sixth Term

Museveni deploys tactics to stifle the opposition

This surely isn’t a good news to the Ugandan opposition. The country’s electoral commission, Saturday, returned Museveni, 76, winner of Thursday poll, gaining 58.64% of the votes to earn a sixth term.

The main rival alleged widespread fraud and rallied Ugandans to reject the results.

Yoweri Museveni’s toughest challenger, Bobi Wine, 38, the popstar- turned politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, won 34.83% of the vote, according to the commission.

Wine announced on Friday he had video proof of a massive voting fraud and would upload the videos when internet connections are restored.

Facebook on Monday shut a batch of accounts held by Ugandan government officials accused of seeking to manipulate public discussion prior to Thursday’s Presidential and parliamentary polls.

Facebook’s head of communication for sub- Sahara Africa, Kezia Annim-Addo, announced the politicians used fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s contents, impersonate users reshare posts in groups to make them appear more than they were. He also revealed that the network is linked to the country’s Ministry of information and communication technology.

The Ugandan authorities also suspended access to the Internet and social networks, leading t a poor voter turnout at 57.22% of the estimated 18 million registered voters.

Notwithstanding, it was yet a hot contest with the incumbent, Museveni,76, deploying all the levers of power within reach to scuttle the rival candidates numbering ten.
Museveni, a guerilla fighter turned statesman seized power from Milton Obote in 1986, and has since consolidated his grip on the East African country for the past 35 years.

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