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Kayihura pours cops in city to guard EC offices


Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, has poured dozens of armed policemen in the city to wave off crowds that were expected to storm electoral commission offices in Kampala.

The heavy deployment at Electoral Commission headquarters came after opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, rallied youth to join him in a march protesting the results of Thursday presidential elections.

Besigye garnered 35% in total although some results from other polling stations were not included.

Daily Monitor reports that the presidential election results, which were not tallied by the Electoral Commission (EC) when it declared President Museveni winner with 60%, were for polling stations mainly from Opposition strongholds where Besigye had won.

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The results excluded tallies from 1,787 polling stations, particularly from Opposition strongholds, with a total of 1,051,720 voters, representing 6.88 per cent of the total number of registered voters.

Some of the polling stations whose full results the EC said it had not received by the time the chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu, declared Mr Museveni the winner, include Dr Besigye’s home district of Rukungiri.

Only three out of 276 polling stations in Rukungiri was tallied by the EC, representing about 0.66 per cent of registered voters there.

In Jinja District, 11 out of 399 polling stations (1.46 per cent) were tallied while in Kampala, 1,176 out of 1,338 polling stations (46.33 per cent) were considered.

In Kyenjojo District, EC tallied only 60 out of 337 polling stations and this accounts for 12.67 per cent of the polling stations.

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Besigye defeated Museveni in 14 districts, including the capital Kampala, Kasese, Wakiso, Hoima, Gulu, Amuru, Lira, Masaka and Mbale districts.

Besigye got 65.75 per cent against Museveni’s 31.09 per cent ─ his worst performance in the country’s 112 districts.

Dr Besigye’s worst performance was in Amudat District in the Karamoja sub-region, where he only managed 2.01 per cent against Museveni’s 97.35 per cent.

Kayihura pours police in the city

Kayihura was personally at the EC offices on Monday to ensure Besigye doesn’t hold a procession across the city.

Besigye wants hard copies of declaration forms so he can compare with the ones his party FDC has.

In his first post-election address to the nation, President Yoweri Museveni says he will not allow opposition leaders like Kizza Besigye to destabilise Uganda.

He also says that the social media blockade was for security reasons and the state is willing to do even more if it feels it is warranted.

Museveni also warned that the social media blockade is a taste of what the state can do.

Besigye was this morning arrested and whisked off to Nagalama police station in Mukono where he is currently being held.

All pictures by: Bukedde online

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