By Mable Nakibuuka
National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, who is currently under house arrest, has vowed to contest the recently concluded presidential elections, in which National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman Yoweri Kaguta Maseveni Tibuhaburwa was elected president for a sixth term.
The hotly contested election was won by President Museveni with 5,300,831 votes (58%) while Bobi Wine, his close competitor, became second after he scored a 3,119,965 votes (34.62%), followed by other candidates who were in the race.
The other candidates were Rtd. Maj. General Mugisha Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Patrick Amuriat Oboi of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) plus independents; Nancy Kalembe, Joseph Kabuleta, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Fred Mwesigye, Willy Mayambala and John Katumba.
However, Bobi Wine, who has been under house arrest ever since January 14th , has since vowed to go to court to contest the result, saying that he has all the evidence to present in court to prove his case.
This was revealed by the NUP deputy President Mathias Mpuuga, who is also the Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament elect.
Speaking at the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya on Sunday during a press briefing, Mpuuga said that Bobi Wine and all members of NUP had rejected the results, because the votes that the Electoral Commission (EC) gave to president Museveni were those that Bobi wine had garnered during the election.
Bobi Wine had earlier on confirmed the same allegations while speaking to the press on phone, saying that he has a list of election irregularities such as ballot box stuffing, intimidations and abductions of his supporters and polling agents, on top of being beaten and chased away in parts of northern and western Uganda.
“I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far. I call upon all Ugandans to reject the blackmail. We have certainly won the election and we’ve won it by far,” Bobi Wine told journalists.
“Whatever is being declared is a complete sham, we reject it and we dissociate ourselves with it.”
However, our efforts to reach the E.C acting Spokesperson Paul Bukenya for a comment about this matter were futile by press time since he couldn’t be reached through his known office lines.
But commenting about the same matter, E.C chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama had said he did “not appreciate the assertion that these results we are reading out are rigged”.
“The onus is on candidate Kyagulanyi to show how votes are rigged.”
Despite Bobi Wine being under house arrest for days, the police are yet to issue a statement about why he is under detention and who is behind his detention.
But the army’s deputy spokesman Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki Asiimwe said the soldiers were there to provide security and had stopped three people who tried to “access the house”.
Among those who were stopped was Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake, who is currently hospitalized after he was allegedly brutalized by the soldiers who cordoned off Bobi Wine’s home.
It should be noted that the internet and all social media platforms have been off since last week and all throughout the election period, only to be switched back on Monday January 18th, 2021.