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Uganda shuts down schools to contain COVID-19 spread

– – Schools in Uganda have been shut down with public gatherings also suspended to contain a surge of infections in a second Covid-19 wave. Public transport between districts will be banned starting Thursday as well to allow students who are in schools to return home. Bars, cinemas and theatres have also been closed in latest directives from President Yoweri Museveni. He addressed the nation in a speech broadcast live on the state television on actions taken by the Covid-19 taskforce to deal with the pandemic. The full text of the…

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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: Police arrest activists for flogging Museveni’s effigy

– – Two people have been arrested by the Ugandan Police for flogging an effigy of President Yoweri Museveni. The two men, Luta Ferdinand Male and Nsereko Asharf, described themselves to police as activists of a social movement. They flogged the effigy on a busy road in the capital, Kampala as they accused the president of malpractice in the January elections. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango has confirmed the arrests. The police have also confirmed that the suspects will face charges of being a public nuisance. PHOTOS: Police have arrested a…

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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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Here are four of Africa’s longest serving Presidents

– – Africa over the years has been known for its leaders who refuse to leave power even when it is glaring that they were no longer needed. Some of them hold on to power attributing it to the desire of citizens who still want them to continue to serve. Many of these leaders oversee elections considered by analysts as not free and fair, lacking transparency. Opponents of many of these long serving leaders are either brutalized and subjected to inhumane treatments to get them to give up contesting. Some…

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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’s President Museveni takes early lead in vote count

– – Uganda’s Incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has taken an early lead in the presidential election as votes continue to be collated. Provisional results announced by the Electoral Commission showed that Mr. Museveni, 76, obtained over 1.5 million votes representing 65.02 percent. His closest rival, the musician-turned politician, Bobi Wine was in second position with over 647,146 votes representing 27.39 percent. These are results from 8,310 polling stations out of a total of 34,684 polling stations across the country. Uganda’s electoral commission say results from 23.9% of polling stations…

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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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