Home / news / Bobi Wine’s party to challenge Museveni’s Ugandan election victory

Bobi Wine’s party to challenge Museveni’s Ugandan election victory

The party of the Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine says it is preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory as it condemned what it called the house arrest of Wine and his wife.

Amid growing international concern about the conduct of the election, Wine said in an interview from his house, where he is surrounded by army and police, that he was “worried about my life and the life of my wife”.

Announcing the planned challenge to the results, Mathias Mpuuga, of Wine’s National Unity Platform, told a news conference: “We have evidence of ballot stuffing and other forms of election malpractice and after putting it together we are going to take all measures that the law permits to challenge this fraud.”

The continued confinement of Wine came as clashes between security forces and opposition protesters led to at least two deaths.

Museveni, 76, who has ruled Uganda without pause since seizing control in 1986, when he helped to end years of tyranny under Idi Amin and Milton Obote, claimed a sixth five-year term, extending his rule to four decades, according to official results.

Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine, seen here inside his property on 15 January with security forces outside, has gained support in Uganda’s cities. Photograph: Luke Dray/Getty Images

In a generational clash watched across the African continent with a booming young population and a host of ageing leaders, the 38-year-old Wine, a singer turned lawmaker, posed arguably the greatest challenge yet to Museveni.

The clashes with police following the announcement of Museveni’s victory took place in a number of locations, including in Gomba, where Wine lives, and neighbouring Sembabule. They were quickly dispersed.

Wine, who dismissed Museveni’s victory as “cooked-up, fraudulent results,” remained under military house arrest on Sunday as his supporters called for his release.

Uganda’s electoral commission said that Museveni received 58% of the vote to Wine’s 34%, with a voter turnout of 52%.

The United States and Britain issued statements on Saturday calling for investigations into fraud reports and other concerns over the election as the top US diplomat in African raised questions over the integrity of the election.

“Uganda’s electoral process has been fundamentally flawed,” Tibor Nagy, tweeted, warning that “the US response hinges on what the Ugandan government does now”.

Museveni dismissed the claims of vote-rigging. “I think this may turn out to be the most cheating-free election since 1962 [when Uganda won independence from Britain],” said Museveni in a national address on Saturday.

Wine tweeted on Sunday that military units are not allowing him and his wife, Barbie, from leaving their house, not even to harvest food from their garden. “It’s now four days since the military surrounded our home and placed my wife and I under house arrest,” said Wine’s tweet.

“We have run out of food supplies and when my wife tried to pick food from the garden yesterday, she was blocked and assaulted by the soldiers staged in our compound.”

“We ask Ugandans to reject this fraud,” the opposition National Unity Platform said in a statement on Sunday. “A revolution of this nature cannot be stopped by a fraudulent election.”

The party said the prominent MP Francis Zaake, who had been arrested during an attempted visit to Wine’s house on Friday, had been admitted to hospital “badly beaten and brutalised” by security forces.

Ugandan officials have said the soldiers and police were there for Wine’s own security.

The opposition party said that its “quest for a free Uganda is on despite the current attack on free speech and association,” referring to the days-long shutdown of the internet by the government.

The party urged its followers to use every “constitutionally available avenue” to pursue political change.

“As we speak now, our president [Wine] is under illegal detention at his home,” Mpuuga told reporters at the headquarters of Wine’s party in Kampala.

“Perhaps his crime was to defeat Mr Museveni on the day he has selected as his crowning,” he said. “[Wine] is not allowed to leave or receive visitors at his home.”

Wine’s party alleged that soldiers had actually broken into his compound.

“We are concerned about the state in which he is,” a party spokesman, Joel Ssenyonyi, said of Wine. “Is his house now a barracks?”

Although Museveni stays in power, at least nine of his cabinet ministers, including the vice-president, were defeated in the parliamentary elections, many losing to candidates from Wine’s party.

Wine had strong support in Uganda’s cities, where frustration with unemployment and corruption is high.

The electoral commission deflected questions about how countrywide voting results were transmitted during the nationwide internet blackout by saying “we designed our own system”.

“We did not receive any orders from above during this election,” the commission chair, Simon Byabakama, told reporters, adding his team was “neither intimidated nor threatened.”

Tracking the vote was further complicated by the arrests of independent monitors and the denial of accreditation to most members of the US observer mission, leading the US to cancel its monitoring of the vote.

About GIR

Check Also


Presidential, local elections start in Iran at 07:00

According to official statistics, 59,310,307 Iranians can cast votes in the presidential election with over 1.3 …


Chinese crewed spaceship docks with new space station

Chinese astronauts, from left, Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming, and Nie Haisheng wave as they prepare …


U.S. bishops to discuss whether Biden, Catholic politicians should get Communion if they support abortion rights

Whether in Washington, D.C., Delaware, or overseas, one thing is consistent for President Biden—he always …


Hong Kong police raid Apple Daily pro-democracy newspaper as China’s crackdown continues

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police arrested the chief editor and four executives of pro-democracy newspaper …


Israel hits Gaza with airstrikes after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip late Thursday for a second time since a shaky cease-fire ended …


Uneasy calm in Ibarapa land over Saturday attack on Igangan community

Uneasy calm, on Monday, pervaded the atmosphere in some parts of Igangan Community in Oyo …


House of Reps fumes, summons Lai Mohammed over Twitter ban

“The House of Representatives recognises that Twitter, like other social media networks, is an important …


Kaduna University suspends undergraduate academic activities indefinitely

KASU Registrar, Mr Samuel Manshop, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna. Manshop, who did …


Nigeria’s top Army chief Attahiru dies in plane crash

Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff only four months ago. Nigeria’s Chief of Army …


Ex-cop facing murder charges in death of Rayshard Brooks wants back on the force

Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was fired the day after he fatally shot Rayshard …