Kampala, Uganda | URN | Ugandan opposition figure Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has displayed files of his election petition that were withdrawn from the Supreme Court last week to the public, charging that electoral authorities are “grappling with forged results” that showed victory for President Yoweri Museveni.
Bobi Wine claims that the DR forms that the party collected, when tallied, clearly indicate that he won the 14th January election with 54.19%.
The Electoral Commission (EC) announced National Resistance Movement-NRM’s President Museveni winner of the 2021 election with 58.64%. But according to the National Unity Platform (NUP’s) audits, Mr Museveni scored only 34.83%.
Wine says he tried to challenge the election in court but was met with bias from the justices. He highlighted the decision to deny him the chance to amend his election petition with supporting affidavits and judges who have a history of working closely with President Museveni as reasons that forced him to withdraw the petition.
Addressing Journalists in a press conference joined by the elected NUP leaders, supporters at Kamwokya’s based party headquarters, Bobi Wine displayed more than 20,000 Declaration Forms which he said were part of the evidence that was rejected by the Supreme Court saying they contain actual results contrary to the electoral commission’s results that were announced.
“The rigging of the election results shows that the Byabakama commission rigged this election brainlessly, the rigging was done in such an immature way, from our tally, even with all the ballot stuffing, we beat Gen Museveni with 54.19%,” said Bobi Wine.
Wine has also announced his party’s next course of action by calling upon his supporters to come out and stage peaceful protests.
“The constitution of Uganda under article 29, gives us the right to protest peacefully. I call upon all Ugandans to march to the respective electoral commission offices in your areas of residence and those elsewhere to protest peacefully in any way they see fit as long as it is peaceful protests,” said Bobi Wine.
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“Ugandans must now rise to the occasion and resist Museveni and his regime of blood,” he charged. “As we have been saying, we are nonviolent and lawful. Our philosophy stands firm. People power is stronger than the people in power.”
He said that they are going to peacefully protest against President Museveni’s victory on four grounds among which is a rigged election he – Bobi Wine (says he) won by 54.19%, demanding the immediate stop of abductions, detention of people for their conscience, and trying civilians in military courts.
On Monday 8, March 2021 police announced that they had intelligence reports which pointed at NUP supporters planning to hold riots across the country.
Amidst heavy deployments in all roads leading to Kamwokya, a police helicopter was also seen hovering over the NUP party offices as the press conference went on.