Wine, whose actual identify is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was the principle opposition challenger in presidential elections final week that electoral authorities say long-time chief Yoweri Museveni received with 58% of the vote. Wine, who took 34% of the vote, has rejected the official final result as fraudulent and insists he’ll use all authorized means to protest the allegedly “cooked-up” outcomes.
Wine’s social gathering has stated it has video proof of the navy stuffing poll bins, casting ballots for individuals and chasing voters away from polling stations.
Opposition lawmaker Medard Sseggona, an legal professional for Wine, stated he feared police would seize any very important data associated to the elections that was saved on the social gathering’s headquarters.
Museveni has dismissed the claims of vote-rigging.
“I believe this may occasionally transform probably the most cheating-free election since 1962,” when Uganda received independence from Britain, stated Museveni in a nationwide deal with on Saturday.
However the election was marred by violence forward of polling day in addition to an web shutdown that remained in pressure till Monday morning, when entry was restored for many Ugandans, though social media websites remained restricted.
Wine has been successfully underneath home arrest since he forged his vote and now’s allegedly unable even to obtain guests. Police thwarted opposition officers who had been attempting to satisfy with Wine at his residence outdoors Kampala as a way to talk about the best way ahead, Ssenyonyi stated. Lawmaker Francis Zaake has been hospitalized after allegedly being assaulted by police who denied him entry to Wine’s home on Saturday.
Wine’s social gathering will search a court docket order to finish Wine’s obvious home arrest, Ssenyonyi stated. “His residence will not be a detention facility,” he stated.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga stated safety forces are “sustaining a safety presence” round Wine’s residence as a pre-emptive measure in opposition to potential rioting within the aftermath of the disputed polls. Wine is allowed to depart his residence underneath “escort” as a way to forestall his followers from “instigating riots and violent demonstrations,” he stated.
Police equally surrounded the house of opposition candidate Kizza Besigye after presidential elections in 2016, stopping him from going out after the official outcomes of his loss to Museveni had been declared.
Wine has stated his marketing campaign in opposition to Museveni is nonviolent and that his followers are unarmed.
In a generational conflict watched throughout the African continent with a booming younger inhabitants and a number of growing old leaders, the 38-year-old singer-turned-lawmaker posed arguably the best problem to Museveni, 76, since he got here to energy in 1986.
Calling himself the “ghetto president,” Wine had robust help in Uganda’s cities, the place frustration with unemployment and corruption is excessive.
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