Museveni defeats Bobi Wine, reelected president of Uganda for the 6th time


President Yoweri Museveni has been declared winner of the Friday's presidential election in Uganda.

Museveni, who has so far spent 35 years in office is going for his sixth consecutive term.

He was first elected in 1986 as president of the East African country. 

According to the Uganda election commission, the incumbent Museveni polled 5.85 million votes to defeat reggae artist, Bobi Wine, the main opposition candidate, who secured 3.48 million, according to Al Jazeera.

“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni elected president of the republic of Uganda,” Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, chairman of the election commission, was quoted as saying.

Bobi Wine, 38, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, rejected the election results, saying he has evidence of widespread voting fraud.

The opposition leader said he would publish evidence on the internet when connections are restored.

The Museveni government ordered an internet shutdown a day to the polls.

Security agents established a perimeter around Bobi Wine’s residence following the announcement of the result.

Deo Akiiki, army’s deputy spokesman, was quoted as saying they are assessing threats he could face if he goes out.

“So they might be preventing him in the interest of his own safety,” Akiiki said.

In the build-up to the polls, 76-year-old Museveni said his long stay in office has made him better experienced in handling the affairs of the country.

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