12 Jan Uganda elections 2021: All you need to know ahead of polls on Thursday
President Yoweri Museveni, 76, is seeking re-election for a sixth term having ruled Uganda from 1986- MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, is the incumbent’s main challenger and has on several occasions clashed with police officers on the campaign trail- Besides Museveni and Bobi Wine, nine more aspirants are also seeking to clinch the presidency on Thursday, January 14
Here are the 11 Ugandan presidential candidates:
1. Yoweri Museveni- National Resistance Movement
2. Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine- National Unity Platform
3. John Katumba- Independent
4. Willy Mayambala- Independent
5. Fred Mwesigye- Independent
6. Henry Tumukunde- Independent
7. Joseph Kabuleta- Independent
8. Nancy Kalembe- Independent
9. Patrick Oboi Amuriat- Forum for Democratic Change
10. Mugisha Muntu- Alliance for National Transformation
11. Norbert Mao- Democratic Party Read
The main opponents in the presidential poll are Museveni and the musician-turned-politician, Bobi Wine who is running under the National Unity Platform.
Violence during campaigns
From sometime in 2020, the presidential campaigns were marred with violence with cases of police officers using excessive force on Bobi Wine and his supporters being reported by local and international media.
Case in point, several supporters of the youthful politician were on the afternoon on Tuesday, December 1, left with serious gunshot wounds following an altercation with the police officers during a campaign rally in Kayunga district.
Days before, on Monday, November 30, a police vehicle drove into Bobi’s supporters who were on motorcycles following his campaign trail while heading to Buikwe district where a huge gathering was convened.
Daily Monitor reported one death resulting from the fracas while five other people sustained serious injuries on their heads and are currently in very critical conditions. The skirmishes have been leaving some Bobi Wine’s supporters dead in various occasions.
President Museveni’s 35-year tenureAfter taking power from his oppressive predecessor Milton Obote in 1986, a charismatic President Museveni said:”The problem of Africa and Uganda, in particular, is leaders who want to stay long in power,” a statement which oddly describes the head of state who is one of the longest serving presidents in Africa.
In 2005, he changed the Constitution to scrap the presidential term limit that would bar him from seeking re-election.In 2017, he dropped another bombshell after removing the 75-year age limit from the Constitution allowing him to seek his sixth term in the upcoming poll.
In 2017, he dropped another bombshell after removing the 75-year age limit from the Constitution allowing him to seek his sixth term in the upcoming poll.
There are widespread fears that he plans to rule Uganda for life especially if he trounces the presidency on Thursday.