|Bobi Wine- Ugandan Opposition politician
Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has called for peaceful protests, two months after Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, was declared the winner of a disputed presidential election.
“I call upon you to rise up peacefully, unarmed and demonstrate against the regime that has oppressed us,” the singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, said on Tuesday at the headquarters of his National Unity Platform in the capital, Kampala.
The 39-year-old was speaking beside a table piled high with files, which he claimed contained results forms from individual polling stations. He said based on these results, he was the real winner with 54 percent of the vote. Al Jazeera has not yet been able to verify the evidence he presented.
Museveni has previously described the January 14 poll as the “most cheating-free” election in Ugandan history. According to the country’s election commission, Museveni won re-election with more than 58 percent of the vote, while Bobi Wine came second with almost 35 percent.
The vote was conducted under an internet blackout after campaigns where opposition candidates were routinely obstructed by police, and many people were shot dead by security forces.
Analysts have already identified a number of anomalies in official results, including an improbable turnout of 100 percent at more than 400 polling stations. Last week, while attempting to dispel rumours of rigging, the commission released one results’ form in which the numbers did not add up – suggesting that it had been altered to reduce the tally for Bobi Wine.
In February, the NUP leader lodged a court petition challenging the election results but later withdrew it, complaining that the judges were biased.
“We have brought the case back to the court of the people and the whole of Uganda must now sit and pass judgement,” he told his supporters on Tuesday.