President Yoweri Museveni was re-elected for a sixth term on Saturday, 16 January 2021. It obtained 58.64% of the votes cast according to the Independent Electoral Commission. The singer Bobi Wine, who became a politician, collected 34.83% for an overall voter turnout of 57.22%/
Yoweri Museveni, aged 76, was a candidate for his own succession. Its 58.64% represents 2,850,000 votes cast and its main challenger has 34.83% or 3,775,000 of the votes.
The president of the Electoral Commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama called for calm and losers to accept the results. The rallies have been banned.
Bobi Wine, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of his real name, has already called on his supporters to reject these results. According to him, he is largely the winner of this election. He denounces fraud in this electoral process which he contests. He promises to provide evidence once internet access is restored. Bobi Wine’s party, the Platform for National Unity (NUP), did not rule out the possibility of demonstrations. It should be noted that law enforcement forces have been surrounding his home since Friday.
Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986, 35 years as head of state. He will begin a sixth term thanks to his victory in this election, which was crucial for all Ugandans. A former guerrilla, Yoweri Museveni was first applauded as a modern democrat. He was seen as an architect of the fall of the bloodthirsty dictator Idi Amin Dada and Milton Obote in 1979. However, after putting an end to this rigid regime, he gradually turned into an authoritarian president. His party, the National Resistance Movement, twice amended the Constitution with the sole objective of keeping it in power.
Many issues are now awaiting him. The first challenge is the development of the national economy, weakened by the covid-19 pandemic.