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Museveni elected to a sixth term in office as President of the Republic of Uganda

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Courtesy Photo)

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairperson and flag bearer Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa was on Thursday January 14th, 2020 announced winner in a hotly contested presidential race.

He beat National Unity Platform’s Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine and others to win a sixth consecutive term in office since coming into power in 1986 after overthrowing Milton Obote (RIP).

Bobi Wine has already contested the results that he thinks Museveni rigged to win the big seat. Bobi Wine was just a child when Museveni came into power back in 1986. Wine’s run drew many young Ugandans to pay attention to politics.

The nation’s electoral commission announced on Saturday January 16th, 2021 that Museveni received 58% of the vote to 34% for Wine. But Bobi Wine is alleging that the vote was rigged, as election officials face questions over how results were tallied amid an Internet blackout.

Ahead of the election, Museveni’s government shut down social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter before shutting off the entire internet in Uganda. It also sent military vehicles into the streets.

Museveni won the election but more then fifteen (15) of the ministers in his cabinet lost their parliamentary seats who included his Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who has been in parliament for more than 25 years.

Museveni will swear in to his new term in office in May 2021, and will hold the office till May 2026.

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