Uganda third opposition questioned Uganda’s Mueseveni’s victory in court and today the court made their final ruling on the case.
The judgement read by the Chief Justice shows that the court decided there were irregularities in the elections but that they did not affect the final result.
Judging by the judgement, Mueseveni is now the legal president of Uganda and can now extend his 30-year leadership. After the ruling, Uganda’s high court was packed as many people came to listen to a ruling on the legality of last month’s presidential election.
President Yoweri Museveni won a fifth term in power winning up to sixty percent of the entire votes. But Amama Mbabazi, one of the losing candidates, challenged the result because of alleged irregularities in some voting districts.
Museveni got 61.75 percent of the votes counted, followed not-so-closely by Kizza Besigye, the opposition leader, with 33.47 percent Lawyers for the president and the electoral commission appear to be in high spirits following their victory in a video shared online.
Here is a video from a packed court in the Ugandan capital Kampala was shared, after the ruling by the court that President Yoweri Mueseveni’s election victory was legal.
— Patience Atuhaire (@patuhaire) March 31, 2016
The court also cleared Mr Museveni over controversial comments he made during his campaign. The president said that any attempt to interrupt the elections would carry a similar risk to putting “your finger in the anus of a leopard”.
Many opposition supporters had claimed the statement was a decorated threat, planned to stifle their speech. But the court ruled that the remarks could not be presented as evidence of voter intimidation.
The Electoral Commission declared President Yoweri Museveni winner of February’s election. The petition has been brought by the former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, who came third. Several international and local observers criticised the legitimacy of the vote.
Even Kenya’s Nyong’ö Anyang had stated that the election was badly rigged.
European Union mission also called on Uganda to make public detailed results of its presidential election, which declared President Yoweri Museveni the winner to proof its credibility.
The EU’s Election Observation Mission said this after Kizza Besigye’s right hand man revealed that Besigye Kizza, the major challenger, had been seized by the police for the sixth time within a week.
On the other hand, court has failed to rule on Uganda Opposition leader Besigye Kizza’s House Arrest. Since the election day, Mr. Kizza Besigye has been under house arrest.
Once he tried to leave his house and was bundled off by the police who later brought him back to his house. Mr. Kizza Besigye who is the main opposition of the ruling party was taken into custody severally before finally being placed under house arrest on the election day.
Kizza Besigye had dismissed the result of Thursday’s elections in which President Yoweri Museveni won a fifth term in office – extending his 30-year-rule.
He had sworn to go to the Electoral Commission headquarters that morning of his arrest to demand for a copy of the declaration of the results from last Thursday’s elections.
However police presence at both his home and at the Electoral Commission offices have cut short his plans. The same police presence was cited for his reason not to have gone to court to contest the result within 10 days after it was announced.
Though, a third opposition saved the situation as he filed a case against the result but the lawyer’s office was attacked and some files stolen.
Nonetheless, the case was concluded today. Mr Besigye’s supporters once came out en mass to protest against his arrested but clashed with police.