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Uganda: Bobi Wine says election marred by fraud, violence


Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine said early Friday, 15 January, that the country’s election had seen ‘widespread fraud and violence’ but he remained positive as votes were counted under an internet blackout.

“Despite the widespread fraud and violence experienced across the country earlier today, the picture still looks good. Thank you Uganda for turning up and voting in record numbers, Wine tweeted shortly after midnight, managing to bypass the blockage.

The 38-year-old former popstar-turned-lawmaker did not give details about his accusations, which contradicted the government’s account that Thursday’s vote had been peaceful with no major cases of violence reported.

The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued in the country. Results are expected by Saturday afternoon, 16 January.

President Yoweri Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office, and Wine is his main competitor among 11 opposition candidates.

The election took place after one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition, attacks on the media and scores of deaths.

The run-up to Thursday’s vote was plagued by the worst political violence in years, with more than 50 people killed by security forces amid crackdowns on opposition rallies, as well as the repeated intimidation and arrest of opposition figures. Police say their actions are necessary to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

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