Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has claimed victory in the recently concluded elections but accused the sitting president, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni of stealing his win.
Meeting members of his party – the National Unity Platform (NUP) who got elected to Parliament, Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine said, “I am the democratically elected president of Uganda; the people of Uganda elected NUP although the Electoral Commission [EC] announced 61 of us.”
At least 61 parliamentary candidates won sits in Uganda’s next parliamentary under the NUP, making it the biggest opposition political party.
Bobi Wine told the incoming parliamentarians that much as they won, there is nothing for them to celebrate until after they have reclaimed the victory of their colleagues whose victory was allegedly overturned by the EC.
He said that the struggle is still on to end Museveni’s more than three decades hold onto power.
“Gen. Museveni did not win, we won but he declared himself a winner using a few people thereby staging a coup against the will of the people of Uganda,” the musician cum politician said.
“We are glad that unlike ever before, this fraud has been rejected not only locally but even the international community – you have seen statements from the UN, the US, the European Union and elsewhere,” Kyagulanyi added.
Museveni is the officially declared winner of the January 14 presidential poll having garnered 5,851,037 votes (58.6 percent) while Kyagulanyi, according to the EC results, polled 3,475,298 votes (34.8 percent).
This was the first time that Kyagulanyi has had a direct interaction with his party leaders since January 14 when security forces placed him under house arrest.
The security forces were withdrawn on Monday night hours after the High Court in Kampala issued orders for police and military to vacate Kyagulanyi’s residence.
Justice Michael Elubu ruled that the continued restrictions and confinement of the couple at their home is unlawful and infringes on their constitutional right to personal liberty.