Uganda Restores Partial Internet After Presidential Elections

Uganda Restores Partial Internet After Presidential Elections”

His house remains surrounded by security services, and the political figure is not allowed to leave his compound.

The electoral commission declared Mr Museveni the victor with 59% of the vote, and said Bobi Wine won just 34% of votes. A long-time USA security ally once praised as part of a new generation of African leaders, Museveni at the start of his presidency criticized African leaders who refused to step aside but has since overseen the removal of constitutional limits on the presidency. Internet was partially restored in Uganda on January 18, 2021 after a near-total blackout was imposed across the country on January 13, 2021 ahead of the country's elections.

"When I tried to ask why they have done this, they said I should ask the spokesperson of the military".

"We anticipate that by Monday the opposition, who have been misusing the internet, would have come to terms with the loss they suffered in the presidential election".

Museveni polled 5.85 million votes to defeat Bobi Wine, main opposition candidate, who secured 3.48 million. "Nubian Lee [artiste] and 100 members of my campaign team are in prison and their only crime is being part of my campaign team", Bobi Wine told The Gleaner.


Wine, 38, has said he has video footage of ballot box stuffing, soldiers forcing people to vote in a certain way or pre-ticking ballots, but that the internet shutdown is preventing his local lawyers from putting together a legal case.

A day before election day, the Catholic Bishops of Uganda authored a pastoral letter, listing ills visited on the people.

The run-up to the vote was marred by the worst pre-election bloodshed in years, and a sustained crackdown on government critics and Museveni's rivals.

Contrary to the impetus that propelled the struggle for liberation across Africa including the principle of "one man one vote", we have observed a rise in electoral authoritarianism or elections without democracy in countries such as Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania where elections have become rituals for authoritarian consolidation.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said security forces are "maintaining a security presence" around Wine's home as a pre-emptive measure against possible rioting in the aftermath of the disputed polls.

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