Yoweri Museveni bagged his sixth term as president of Uganda yesterday as he he was declared the winner of the presidential election.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported that Museveni who had ruled the country for 35 years was re-elected with 58.64 per cent of the vote to defeat Bobi Wine, the pop star-turned-politician, who was his major challenger. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is said to have a real chance of winning against Museveni.
Eleven candidates contested for the top seat, including two retired generals who turned against their former boss, in an election already overshadowed by violence.
Museveni, 76, is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders and has changed Uganda’s constitution to enable him to run for yet another five-year term.
But announcement from Uganda Electoral Commission yesterday showed that the incumbent president was leading.
Election results from 86 per cent of polling stations indicated that the incumbent president garnered 5,300,831 votes (58%) while main opposition candidate, Wine got 3,119,965 votes (34.62%).
However, Wine has alleged widespread fraud during the election.