Uganda is set to hit the polls to choose a new reader on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
The high-staked election in the 35 years rule of the sitting president, Yoweri Museveni is earnestly looked forward to by both local and international observers as well as several persons of interest.
Presently, the atmosphere in the African country is hot and much more is expected as the opposition figures continue to criticise the widespread violence by security forces ahead of the polls.
This is as Museveni’s main rival, Bobi Wine revealed that soldiers raided his home and beat two security guards two days ago while having an interview with Kenya’s Hot 96 FM radio station. Wine was arrested some weeks ago by the government.
In the same manner, a veteran opposition leader who challenged longtime President Yoweri Museveni in four elections, Kizza Besigye has said “The terror, frankly, is unprecedented.
“Violence, terror seems to be scaled up with every coming election. This election has witnessed untold violence. It gets worse and worse by the day.”
However, Patrick Onyango, police spokesman for the capital Kampala, denied Wine’s claims, saying: “We were just rearranging our security posture in the area near his home, specifically removing some checkpoints.”
In his closing remarks at his last campaign rally, Wine, a popular singer and politician whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu insisted that his campaign is nonviolent and urged his supporters not to be intimidated by the security forces. But he
At age 38, twice the age of Museveni, 76, Wine has attracted a youthful following of the country’s where people of the 30 and below make up 80% of its population.
He is considered the frontrunner among 10 candidates challenging the former rebel leader who seized power in 1986.
Museveni started ruling Uganda at the age of 35 after assisting to topple dictator Idi Amin in 1979 before retreating to the bush to wage a guerrilla war against his repressive successor, Milton Obote.
Shortly after ousting the government and taking power in 1986, Museveni declares: “The problem of Africa in general, and Uganda in particular, is not the people, but leaders who want to overstay in power.”
Surprisingly, 35 years down the line, Museveni is still bent on clinging tightly to power as he has always found a way to torment and attack his opponents, Wine being the latest.
While security forces have cracked down on the opposition at previous polls, the run-up to this year’s vote has been especially violent. In November, 54 people were killed as soldiers and police quelled protests after Wine was imprisoned.
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