Uganda Poll ‘Badly Rigged’ By Museveni Government As He Wins Fifth Term

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Following the announcement of Uganda’s election results which declared Yoweri Museveni the winner, many have slammed at the result.

Nyong’ö Anyang had stated that the election was badly rigged. He made this statement before the official announcement when the incumbent president won more than 60  percent of ballots in Uganda’s election during the vote counting. Nyong’ö Anyang said the president of Uganda rigged the election severely.

The country  announced the official winner of the election conducted on Thursday, and according to the result, Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term as president, extending his 30 years in office.

The 71-year-old veteran president secured 60.75% of the vote while his nearest rival Kizza Besigye took 35%, the election commission said.

But Mr Besigye who is still under house arrest, dismissed the results and describes them as a “sham”. He urges the international community to reject them.

Besigye said in a statement:

We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda,” .

EU observers have additionally criticised the election, saying the governing party had created an “intimidating atmosphere” and that the opposition reported vote rigging.

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The Kisumu senator lashed out at the tally before it was officially announced, saying that the result published by the Ugandan Electoral Commission does not reflect the voice of the people.

The Kisumu Senator said:

“Evidence of stuffed ballot boxes is rampant. The state shut down social media to curtail information on the rigging, and delays in opening up polling stations denied millions of voters access to ballot boxes.”

The outspoken senator also urged all the democratic forces around the world to support his opinion and show  solidarity by refusing temptation to lend credibility to “this shameful abuse of human rights by the Museveni government”.



Let international observers take note that it is the truth that Ugandans expect from them not artificial and hypocritical cleansing of this gross abuse of the democratic process.”

Nyong’o  also accused  Ugandan security forces of stifling people’s mouth by their readiness to clash with any group that attempts to agitate against the way the electoral process was being run.

In a statement on Friday, the politician said:

Ugandans have resolved to resist the illegal and illegitimate stay in office by Museveni and the National Resistance Movement regime,”.

The outspoken senator also urged all the democratic forces around the world to support his opinion and show  solidarity by refusing temptation to lend credibility to “this shameful abuse of human rights by the Museveni government”.

Let international observers take note that it is the truth that Ugandans expect from them not artificial and hypocritical cleansing of this gross abuse of the democratic process.”

Mr Museveni’s supporters said his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress.

On Friday, Police detained Uganda’s major opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and dispersed his protesters with tear gas.

This was when early results from the presidential election showed President Yoweri Museveni set to stretch his 30-year rule.

The arrest on Friday is one of the strings of arrests the contender, KIzza Besigye has seen through out the campaign and election period.

Albeit Museveni has led to notable economic growth, critics – particularly the young – accused him of not making determined effort in dealing with corruption or creating jobs and of becoming increasingly authoritative.

They all predicted the vote would be rigged citing several electoral fraud they were bound to prevail during the process.