Uganda Decides 2016: Museveni stretches lead against Besigye

Presidential candidate being arrested by the police, Thursday.

Presidential candidate Besigye being arrested by the police, Thursday.

Incumbent Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has stretched his lead in the Presidential polls against his closest challenger and long time arch rival Dr Col Kizza Besigye following the latest provisional results released by the country’s Electoral Commission.

The results released on Friday night shortly before 11pm, indicated Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has so far registered 3, 1560, 070 votes representing a 61.27 % out of the total number of 5,415,695 votes so far counted .

Besigye is in second position with 1,767,041 votes representing a 34.30%. Former Premier and Independent candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi is a distant third with 88900 votes a representation of 0.75%. Others are Abed Bwanika with 51150 representing a 0.99%, Benon Biraro 15588 representing a 0.30%, Professor Venacious Baryamureeba 14757 a 0.29 % representation, Joseph Elton Mabirizi 14757 a 0.29% representations and the only woman in the race Maureen Kyalya Walube with 24536 representing a 0.48%. The results are from 14708 polling stations out of the total 20810.

Earlier on Friday , Police arrested opposition and FDC candidate Dr Col Kizza Besigye together with other party leaders including the party president Major General Mugisha Muntu at their party headquarters in Najjanankumbi as they were reportedly preparing to release results from their tally.

Police said that they got intelligence reports that Col Besigye wanted to announce parallel results in contravention of the electoral laws which only mandate the Uganda Electoral Commission to announce election results.

Police headed by Andrew Felix Kaweesa, the Director Human Resource, stormed the FDC headquarters at Najjanankumbi, a Kampala suburb and arrested and detained the officials at Nagalama Police before escorting them later to their respective homes

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Forces, General Edward Katumba Wamala has denied reports that he had been arrested and detained at a military detention facility.

“Social media platforms have been awash with claims that I have been arrested and detained at Makindye Military Barracks. These reports are baseless, unfounded and aimed at distabilising our solid institutions. They should be treated with the contempt they deserve,” General Katumba Wamala told this website on Friday night.

“There are plans by some elements to destabilize the country using the elections as a spark, we know of all these arrangements to make the country ungovernable through riots. This is the main reason why the army has deployed on the streets of the capital Kampala to beef up security of police to ensure total security for Ugandans. The idea of these elements is to create panic and anxiety among the populace,” General Katumba Wamala added.

On Friday US Secretary John Kerry also called the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to underscore that Uganda’s progress depends on adherence to democratic principles in the ongoing election process and that the United States stands by the Ugandan people as they undertake this most essential democratic endeavor.

“The Secretary expressed his concern about the detentions of opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and harassment of opposition party members during voting and tallying, and he urged President Museveni to rein in the police and security forces, noting that such action calls into question Uganda’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation,” the US State Department said in a statement.

The statement added that Secretary Kerry also expressed concern about the government of Uganda’s decision to block several popular social media and mobile money sites starting on Election Day, and he urged President Museveni to end this blockage immediately.

The US Secretary of State noted the delay in the opening of many polling stations and encouraged that the Electoral Commission takes steps to extend polling for certain areas.