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HAPPENING NOW: Military raids NUP offices after party said it has evidence of fraud

Bobi Wine also put under house arrest (PHOTO/Courtesy).

KAMPALA — Heavily armed military and police have once again raided the National Unity Platform party offices in Kampala.

Bobi Wine official Facebook page indicates that no one allowed to go in or come out.

“Museveni after committing the most vile election fraud in history, has resorted to the most despicable forms of intimidation,” the statement added.

Police and military  did not immediately respond to requests for comment on raid on National Unity Platform raid.

NUP on Sunday said it is preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory as it condemned what it called the house arrest of Bobi Wine and his wife.

Amid growing international concern about the conduct of the election, Bobi Wine said in an interview from his house, where he is surrounded by army and police, that he was “worried about my life and the life of my wife”.

Announcing the planned challenge to the results, Mathias Mpuuga, of Wine’s National Unity Platform, told a news conference: “We have evidence of ballot stuffing and other forms of election malpractice and after putting it together we are going to take all measures that the law permits to challenge this fraud.”

The continued confinement of Wine came as clashes between security forces and opposition protesters led to at least two deaths.

Museveni, 76, who has ruled Uganda without pause since seizing control in 1986, when he helped to end years of tyranny under Idi Amin and Milton Obote, claimed a sixth five-year term, extending his rule to four decades, according to official results.

In a generational clash watched across the African continent with a booming young population and a host of ageing leaders, the 38-year-old Wine, a singer turned lawmaker, posed arguably the greatest challenge yet to Museveni.

The clashes with police following the announcement of Museveni’s victory took place in a number of locations, including in Gomba, where Wine lives, and neighbouring Sembabule. They were quickly dispersed.

Bobi Wine, who dismissed Museveni’s victory as “cooked-up, fraudulent results,” remained under military house arrest on Sunday as his supporters called for his release.

Uganda’s electoral commission said that Museveni received 58% of the vote to Wine’s 34%, with a voter turnout of 52%.

The United States and Britain issued statements on Saturday calling for investigations into fraud reports and other concerns over the election as the top US diplomat in African raised questions over the integrity of the election.

“Uganda’s electoral process has been fundamentally flawed,” Tibor Nagy, tweeted, warning that “the US response hinges on what the Ugandan government does now”.

Museveni dismissed the claims of vote-rigging. “I think this may turn out to be the most cheating-free election since 1962 [when Uganda won independence from Britain],” said Museveni in a national address on Saturday.

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