Uganda poll: Bobi Wine declares self winner, Museveni to accept election results

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (popularly known as, Bobi Wine), the National Unity Platform’s flagbearer has rejected early results from the January 14 Uganda Presidential Elections.

With 29.4% of votes from Thursday’s ballot counted, Museveni had won 1,852,263 votes, or 63.9%, while opposition candidate Bobi Wine had 821,874 (28.4%).

The 76-year-old President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni of the National Resistance Movement says he is standing for stability, calling Kyagulanyi “a product of the West.”

He has pledged to concede if the election remains free and fair.

The ‘former’ Freedom fighter Museveni, took over office on January 29, 1986 through armed uprising and returned the country to democratic mandate in 1996, winning and commencing his first of five terms.

His main challenger, Wine, 38, has gone through heavy campaigns, galvanising young Ugandans via the thrust of the social media to seek political change.

The election campaign was marred by deadly crackdowns by security forces on opposition candidates and their supporters.

The singer-turned-lawmaker insists there has been widespread voter fraud, but hoped that the will of the people be declared.

Hello Uganda! Despite the wide spread 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. The challenge now is for Mr. Byabakama and the EC to declare the will of the People

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