KAMWOKYA KAMPALA: The Former National Unity Platform Presidential (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has rallied Ugandans to hit the streets and peacefully demonstrate against what he called massive rigging of presidential elections.
Kyagulanyi made this claim on Tuesday morning while addressing journalists at the National Unity Platform – NUP offices in Kamwokya where he released his official results of the 2021 presidential elections showing that he won with 54.19 percent of the total votes cast.
Parading box files containing 2584 declaration of result forms of the 34684, the singer said he won the election despite the intimidations, arrests and torture of his supporters.
“From the DR forms in our possession, it is clear that we won the election with 54.19% of the total valid votes cast. We won the January 14, 2021 election. The Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers wearing Electoral Commission t-shirts and caps stood side by side with Byabakama as he read Election results. We even saw him stammering in fear as he read out the winner,” he said.
Bobi Wine’s declaration of protests comes days after the withdrawal of a petition in which he was challenging Museveni’s victory before the Supreme Court.
He said that the institution (Supreme Court) that was supposed to redeem his victory decided to operate in favour of Museveni by rejecting over 200 affidavits hence their decision to withdraw the election petition.
“We went to court not that we trusted the Museveni Judges but because we trusted the laws,” he said.
He called on people to rise up and demonstrate against what he dubbed as stolen victory and the continuous kidnappings of Ugandans by the security operatives. He demanded for unconditional release of his supporters and Party members who were arrested and detained before and after January elections.
“We are nonviolent citizens. We are going to demand for our win through all possible means within our constitution. I therefore call upon Ugandans to hold peaceful demonstrations by matching to their respective district headquarters and demand for answers,” he added.
In the meantime as he addressed the press, a police chopper was seen hovering over NUP offices. In tandem, there was heavy deployment in Kampala and Kamwokya as the Bobi wine announced his next move after withdrawing the petition from the Supreme Court.
Earlier, Police had warned against planned riots starting with the Kampala metropolitan area and that they would later spread across the country.