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Ugandan politician Bobi Wine arrested for protesting

– – Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested in the capital, Kampala. The former presidential candidate was leading a team of MPs from his party, the National Unity Platform, in a protest on Monday. Bobi Wine and his fellow politicians were protesting the arrests and disappearances of their supporters in the lead up to, during, and after the January presidential election. Local media reported that security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd that was marching with the politicians. Uganda’s leading TV…

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Uganda: Bobi Wine withdraws election result challenge

– – Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Monday announced that he was withdrawing a court case challenging last month’s presidential election results. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of that election but Wine alleges that the poll was characterized by fraud and irregularities. Since filing the case in court, the opposition politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi and his supporters had been subjected to abuse. Bobi Wine said he was withdrawing the court challenge alleging bias by Supreme Court justices hearing the case. “We have decided to…

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Uganda’s Bobi Wine challenges Museveni win in court

– – Ugandan opposition politician Bobi Wine has filed a legal challenge against the presidential election results of last month. Wine claims in his petition that the outcome of last month’s presidential election was rigged. His lawyers say the musician-turned politician who led the National Unity Platform in the election wants the poll to be re-run. Uganda’s Incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was declared winner of the presidential election with 58 per cent of the votes cast. Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, came second with 35 per cent…

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Uganda: Soldiers finally leave Bobi Wine’s home

– – Ugandan police and the army have now left the home of former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi — popularly known as Bobi Wine. They had earlier remained at his home despite a court order for them to leave. The security officers have been stationed at Bobi Wine’s home in Magere village, Wakiso District since January 14 when he went out to vote in the just ended presidential election. A High Court on Monday ordered Ugandan police and army officers to vacate the premises of the musician turned politician. According…

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Uganda: Bobi Wine says he and his family are under house arrest

Uganda’s 2021 defeated presidential candidate Bobi Wine has said that he and his family are “under house arrest and stuck with an 18-month-old baby”. Since last weekend, soldiers have surrounded the musician-turned politician’s house preventing him from leaving the compound. There have been instances where visitors to his house were also prevented from entering. Soldiers claim that he could incite his supporters if he leaves the house. Bobi Wine came second in the presidential election won by incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni this month. Final results announced by the Electoral Commission…

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It is Yoweri Museveni again as he wins presidential poll

– – Uganda’s Incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been declared winner of this month’s presidential election. Final results announced by the Electoral Commission on Saturday showed that Museveni obtained 58.6 per cent of the votes cast. His main rival Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, came second with 38.4 per cent of the votes. Bobi Wine has alleged widespread fraud and rejected the results. He told journalists on Friday that “I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far. I call upon all Ugandans to reject the…

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Uganda: Vote counting underway in crucial general elections

– – Counting of ballots is underway in Uganda following general elections characterized by delays and faulty biometric verification machines at some polling stations. There is heightened security as citizens await the outcome of the election, with results expected by Saturday. The chairman of Uganda’s electoral commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, has said the presidential and parliamentary elections were a success. He told journalists in the capital Kampala, that Ugandans turned up in large numbers and voted peacefully amid the coronavirus pandemic. The incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been…

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Ugandans vote in crucial election amid internet shutdown

Ugandans are voting on Thursday in a crucial presidential election characterized by violence and internet shutdown. Voting started at 7:00 am local time and is expected to end at 16:00 local time with longs queues at most polling stations. There have been reports of delays in getting voting materials to various polling stations on time. At some polling stations, biometric voter verification kits failed to work. #UgandaDecides2021 voting just about to start at freedom Square polling station. Heard on radio that several other polling centres are yet to recieve voting…

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Uganda orders social media shutdown ahead of crucial election

– – Uganda’s telecommunication regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission has ordered the shutdown of social media ahead of Thursday’s crucial election. In a letter to the telecommunication companies, the Communications Commission executive director Irene Sewankambo ordered the telcos to “immediately suspend any access and use” of social media and online messaging platforms. #BREAKING/2 : In a letter seen by AFP, Uganda Communications Commission executive director Irene Sewankambo ordered telecommunications companies to “immediately suspend any access and use” of social media and online messaging platforms. @AFP — AFP Africa (@AFPAfrica) January…

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Ugandan Police deny arresting opposition politician Bobi Wine

– – The Ugandan police have denied reports of arresting singer and presidential candidate, Bobi Wine. On Wednesday the official Twitter account of the politician announced the arrest. “Bobi Wine and his entire campaign team arrested in Kalangala! Media blocked – Admin,” read a tweet on the handle. Bobi Wine and his entire campaign team arrested in Kalangala! Media blocked. – Admin — BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) December 30, 2020 The police however said they have foiled an assembly with his supporters as a result of health regulations to curb the spread…

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