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Vol 62 No 2

Published 21st January 2021


Iron fist carries the day

Brutal suppression of the opposition and voter intimidation won President Yoweri Museveni another term of office

Although President Yoweri Museveni won the presidential election with 59% of the vote on a 57% turnout according to the electoral commission, over a dozen of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government cabinet members lost their seats while Bobi Wine's (Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu) National Unity Platform took over 90% of the seats in Buganda, and became the largest opposition party. Wine called the election blatantly rigged and is seeking legal means to challenge the result. The loss of over 20 cabinet members' seats to the NUP, including that of Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, is a major blow. Museveni normally picks ministers to represent all the regions, and Wine's commanding wins in Buganda will make this difficult.

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