The Ugandan Election Commission has announced 76 year old Yoweri Museveni as the winner of the country’s Friday’s presidential election.
Museveni who has been in power for 35years was elected for a record 6th term after the electoral commission Chairman, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama declared that the long term Ugandan ruler garnered 5.85 million votes which translated to 59% of all votes cast to defeat his rival and pop star, Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known by his stage name, Bobi Wine who polled 3.48 million votes.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni elected president of the republic of Uganda,” the electoral commission boss was quoted to have announced on Saturday.
Bobi Wine has at several times alleged intimidation and harassment of his supporters by government forces including the police and the army throughout the campaign period.
The government shutdown the internet three days before the election.
Museveni seized power in 1986 as violence swept through east African country and have since consolidated his grip on power through various strategies including constitutional amendments that removed all restrictions that could stop him from standing for election.
He has been accused of clamping down on opponents over the years, while some people have accused him of making dissenting voices disappear in the country.
Bobi Wine presented the strongest opposition to the maximum ruler in the last three decades. Bobi Wine, a reggae star turned politician is the standard bearer of Uganda’s National Unity Party (NUP).