Riots as Museveni is declared winner

Violent protests have broken out in different parts of the country the declaration of President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni winner of the January 14 presidential elections.

Museveni polled 5,851,037 votes (58.6%) to win a sixth elective presidential term – also extending his hold onto the presidency to a possible 40 years. His main challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform (NUP) garnered 3,475,298 votes (34.8%) of the total votes cast.

Kyagulanyi rejected the election results claiming that the elections were rigged. He has since been put under house arrest without anyone being allowed to visit him. Moments after the Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama announced the results, protests broke out in Masaka town.

Protests have also been reported in Kinoni and Mbirizi townships in Lwengo district where protesters burnt old car tyres cutting off the Masaka – Mbarara highway. Police and the army deployed heavily both personnel and heavily military hardware as they moved to quell the protests. Meanwhile, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been admitted at Lubaga Hospital in Kampala after being beaten by security personnel deployed at Kyagulanyi’s home.

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