The incumbent president of Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni, appears ready to lengthen his 30-year leadership with official results showing him taking a visible lead in the latest elections.
Mr Museveni has gained about 60% of the entire votes from over 80% of the ballots counted – a significant proof that Uganda is not close to having a differently new leader in some years to come.
His pre-eminent contender, Kizza Besigye, who has been under house arrest since the commencement of election, is on 34%. The results will be completed in a few hours’ time.
The election has been detracted by occasional violence and opposition allegations of some electoral double-dealings.
Social media sites and messaging apps were also blocked throughout the electoral process.
Key opponent, Mr Besigye, has been seized multiple times by the police including on Friday, on suspicion that he was scheming to publish his own results, infringing electoral laws, police said. Police escorted him to his home where he is not allowed to leave until further notice.
Kampala police chief Andrew Felix Kaweesi speaking to Uganda’s New Vision newspaper said:
We shall detain him until results are announced.
Mr Besigye, candidate for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, has repeatedly questioned and tainted President Museveni’s personality. The two men were once close friends, with Mr Besigye serving as Mr Museveni’s personal doctor when they were guerrilla fighters.
Mr Museveni took over power in 1986, and this year marks his 30th in power. He is credited with restoring stability to Uganda. However, critics say he now mandates the people to obey his authority against all odds, even when his policies and instructions are unfair.
Raila Odinga, Kenya’s biggest opposition leader to the ruling party, issued out a cautionary advice to the Ugandan politicians to make sure that they don’t lose hold of peace and credibility during their election.