ELECTION OBSERVER CALLS FOR RELEASE OF BOBI WINE
By Mulengera Reporters
Senior independent election observer Crispin Kaheru has called upon the security agencies to quickly account for placing of former presidential candidate Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi and his wife under house arrest. The security operatives surrounded Kyagulanyi’s home who is popularly known by his stage name Bobi Wine before the presidential election results were released by the Electoral Commission.
He is under house confinement together with his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi in their home in Magere, Kampala. He has already complained to have run out of food supplies yet no one is allowed to enter or leave his compound. Kyakulangi has disputed the election results in which President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner with 58.64% of the vote to Kyagulanyi’s 34.83%. Museveni has won all six of the presidential elections held in Uganda since he seized power in 1986.
In an exclusive phone interview with VOA Monday, Kyagulanyi said his party, NUP, has evidence to prove the election was fraudulent, including ballot box stuffing by the military, which he said also ordered people to vote for President Museveni on Election Day. Kaheru, in a statement to media houses, said the house arrest of Kyagulanyi is rather unsettling given that it is becoming a trend to put main opposition presidential candidates under house confinement either before or immediately after a Presidential election.
“This happened in 2011 and 2016 when Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC’s) retired Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye was arrested and placed under house detention. It has happened this time round to Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi. It is only responsible and prudent that authorities explain the circumstances under which Kyagulanyi and the wife are being held, before speculations trigger unnecessary reactions and counter-reactions,” said Kaheru.
Several election observer missions have raised a red flag on the conduct of the January 14, 2021 presidential polls, citing gross violation of human rights of voters and opposition presidential candidates right from campaigns, during polling day and after.
However, the Electoral Commission and President Museveni have disputed such findings and alleged the election was free and fair under the circumstances that prevailed. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).