Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, 76, wins his sixth term as President
Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term as president of Uganda while his main challenger, Bobi Wine, has
countered with allegations of vote-rigging. Museveni warned people not to “cause chaos.”
The country’s electoral commission announced on Saturday, January 16, that Museveni received 58% of the votes and
Wine 34%, and voter turnout was 52%.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” said
election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
Byabakama urged the population to “remain calm and accept the outcome of these elections” while reminding
those celebrating to be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wine, a 38-year-old former singer who was hoping to unseat the long-time president as he has been in power
since 1986, has dismissed the Thursday election as a “complete sham”.
He claimed victory Friday, asserting that he had video evidence of vote-rigging and saying “every legal option is
on the table” to challenge the official election results, including peaceful protests.
Election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said “the onus is on candidate Kyagulanyi to
show how votes are rigged.”
Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, later took to Twitter to raise an alarm over a military siege at his
home as the country.
“They jumped over my fence, came inside my compound. They are here right now. I don’t know why they’re
here. But I’m imagining they are here to harm me. I feel threatened,” said the 38-year-old, who described the
invasion as unprecedented and “a siege”.