Bobi Wine calls voters against rigging
Ugandan opposition urges voters to guard against riggingPublished on January 12, 2021, The East African
Uganda's opposition frontrunner on Tuesday urged supporters to turn out in large numbers and to "protect" this week's election from rigging, accusing the ruling party of trying to intimidate voters.
The appeal from Bobi Wine came as the presidential candidate alleged his home was raided and staff beaten by security forces ahead of Thursday's election.
Wine, 38, has emerged the main challenger to 76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled since 1986 and is seeking re-election after constitutional changes allowed him to seek a sixth consecutive term.
The veteran leader has been accused of clinging to power and skewing the playing field ahead of the vote.
Campaigns have been suspended in opposition strongholds, and Museveni's rivals denied permission to rally, under the pretext of containing the coronavirus.