National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) has called on his supporters around the country to come out and stage protests rejecting the results of last week’s elections in which he lost to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.
Bobi Wine rallied his supporters to use all legal means necessary to reject the election outcome, saying they wouldn’t be committing any crime.
Speaking from his house in Magere where he remains detained by security, the 38-year-old rejected calls by Uganda Police for him to denounce violence.
“I heard the Police the other day, asking me to tell my people not to protest; but this is not up to me. The Ugandans know that it is their right to protest injustice,” he said.
“I therefore call upon the people of Ugandans to come out and protest as long as they are using peaceful means and don’t cause bloodshed. They are not committing any crime.”
Bobi Wine maintains he won the election, although the Electoral Commission announced that he lost to Museveni 58.64% to 34.83%.
He claims that the president conspired with the Commission and security forces to overturn his victory.
Bobi Wine also alleged without providing proof that the EC under-declared the total number people who turned up on election day. He said however that he has overwhelming evidence that he won.
The election he said was worse than that of 1980 which propelled President Museveni to the 5-year war that brought him to power and termed it as “an insult to the memory of those who paid the ultimate price of peace, and a mockery to democracy”
“We went in this election knowing the kind of regime we were dealing, with but we were confident that the People of Uganda wanted change. And so the people went in and voted for National Unity Platform and myself to lead them to turn a new page and lead them into a new Uganda “
President Yoweri Museveni shortly after the results were announced, declared the election as the “most cheating-free” that the country had ever had since its independence.
However, the election integrity recently came under question with the emergence of videos purporting to show cases of rigging in different parts of the country, some involving Police and the UPDF.
The Electoral Commission has since said it is investigating the said videos which it said it took very seriously.