Uganda has held a presidential election amid accusations of vote rigging and intimidation. Two main candidates in the race are sitting president Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye.
Museveni has held power for 30 years and it looks as if he will continue to do so. He is currently 71 years old.
Besigye has challenged the president before, unsuccessfully. During the past week he has been arrested three times. The latest arrest occurred during the voting procedure when he and members of his party were about to announce some preliminary election results.
Police denied that they had arrested Besigye, but that they had only taken him home. However the news service, All Africa, is reporting that not only Besigye but three other ranking party officials have been taken to an unknown location by police.
They dispersed his supporters outside the party headquarters by firing stun grenades and tear gas. Access to the area has been cut off.
The third candidate, Amama Mbabazi, was not expected to garner more that 2% of the votes was also under house arrest.
Organization for the elections seemed lacking as voters were forced to queue for hours to mark their ballots. Others had to wait until the next day as ballots were in short supply.
The delays helped fuel conspiracy theories. The capital city Kampala was one of the areas where voting was delayed. It is also the centre of support for Besigye and his party.
The ruling party’s zeal to control the elections backfired when they shut down the social media system temporarily for “security reasons”. The US ambassador to Uganda expressed her disapproval of the shut down on her twitter account.
The US and Uganda maintain friendly relations. They are united in their stance against terrorism, but since 2014 have differed on Uganda’s harsh pronouncements against homosexuality. The US president declined to fund and participate in a joint military exercise. President Museveni called the action “blackmail”.
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