Uganda’s opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine announced himself the President elect of Uganda few hours ago. In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Musician /politician claimed the military has “taken over” his compound.
Bobi Wine said the military had surrounded his house for the last two days and it “wreaked havoc” on Friday after taking over his compound.“They have taken over my compound. They have arrested my security guard and beat him up so bad,” Bobi Wine told Al Jazeera.
“My phone, my wife’s phone and all the phones of the people I am with have been blocked. That is the situation now,” he added.
“ The military has taken over my house and are not answering my questions. Me and my wife are stricken with fear. We don’t know what will happen now to our lives.”
“Even if Bobi Wine does not Win these elections, nature will resolve Museveni..The Future is on the side of Bobi Wine.”
Bobi Wine tweeted the news just hours after he said “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official results.
Military officials told Al Jazeera while there was an incident at Bobi Wine’s residence, it was not “the way Bobi Wine was explaining it”.
“It is not true that the people who jumped over [into his home] were security personnel but they were civilians,”
~Deputy military spokesperson Deo Akiki
“We do not know if they were his guests or not. But as security, we took interest,” he said, adding that one person was arrested while the two managed to escape.
Akiki said the large presence of security forces was “to monitor his security and ensure he is safe” since Bobi Wine was a presidential candidate.
However, Bobi Wine rejected Akiki’s claims, saying no civilian jumped over his wall.
“Some soldiers jumped into his compound and beat up his guards … some journalists who are there are also telling us that there is a huge presence of soldiers around his house,” said Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Kampala.https://players.brightcove.net/66500
On Friday, Uganda’s electoral commission said longtime President Yoweri Museveni leads Bobi Wine and other candidates in provisional results which Bobi Wine described as a “joke”.
With 49.1 percent of votes from Thursday’s ballot counted, Museveni won 3.9 million (62.7 percent), while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine had 1.4 million votes (29.3 percent), the electoral commission said just after 5pm local time (14:00 GMT).
The next batch of results was due to be released at 9pm local time (18:00 GMT) when a nationwide curfew in place since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic kicks in.
It says final results will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
Bobi Wine said he would provide evidence of pre-ticked ballots and other irregularities once internet access in Uganda is restored.