Akena congratulates Museveni for trouncing Besigye, Amama


Jimmy Akena Obote, son to former Ugandan president, Milton Obote has congratulated President Yoweri Museveni who was yesterday declared winner of elections for his victory.

However, Akena who leads one of the two Uganda’s People Congress (UPC) faction asked Museveni to step down when his new term of office as president expires in 2021.

Mr Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for 30 years now, has been re-elected the country’s president in an election dominated mainly by arrests of opposition politicians and allegations of rigging.

The Election Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu declared NRM’s Museveni the winner on Saturday afternoon with more that 60.75% of the total number of votes cast.

Mr Museveni, a former rebel came to power  following a guerrilla war, waged between 1981 and 1986 in Uganda by the National Resistance Army (NRA) under his leadership against the government of Obote, and later that of Tito Okello. This was after Museveni accused Obote of rigging elections.

However, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party led by Gen Mugisha Muntu and Go Forward’s presidential contender Amama Mbabazi have rejected poll outcomes saying they are a result of unacceptable fraud.

FDC candidate Kizza Besigye garnered 35.37 % while Amama Mbabzi got 1.43% of the total number of votes tallied and received by the electoral commission.

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