Ugandan Presidential candidate and President, Yoweri Museveni, is currently taking an early lead against his opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, in Uganda’s presidential election even as counting continues.
According to the latest provisional results released by Uganda’s Electoral Commission at 9 am EAT, Museveni, who is also the National Resistance Commission(NRC) leader, leads with a little over 1.5 million votes, with Bobi Wine, National Unity Platform(NUP) leader, second having garnered 647,146 votes. The results indicate that only 23% of polling stations have counted the votes.
Internet shut down and the Wine’s phone blocked
As the Ugandan citizens lined up in long queues to cast their vote, the Ugandan government, which supports the sitting and presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni, shutdown Uganda’s internet.
Moments after the internet shutdown, Bobi Wine and his wife’s phone were blocked, making it challenging to make or receive phone calls.
He took it to Twitter to lament the impunity and mistreatment the people of Uganda are going through in the hands of Yoweri.
“Like my wife’s, my phone has been blocked, and I am unable to receive or make regular calls. I know this is to stop me from communicating with our agents and coordinators. I encourage you, comrades, to be vigilant as I try to devise ways of reaching out to you”.
Even as the counting is underway, the NUP leader fears that there is a possibility that the Uganda Electoral Commission has the plot to rig the election in favor of Yoweri. He, however, thanked his fans and supporters for staying robust, supportive, and turning out to vote for him.
We will keep you up to date as the results stream in even when Ugandans face an Internet shutdown.
By Samuel Sure