Ugandan opposition chief Bobi Wine withdraws ballot outcome problem

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Bobi Wine, who had disputed January election outcomes, says ‘the courts are not independent’ as he withdraws his case.

Ugandan opposition chief Bobi Wine says he’s withdrawing a courtroom case difficult presidential election outcomes that handed victory to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, alleging “bias” by Supreme Court justices listening to the case.

Speaking to a information convention within the capital Kampala on Monday, Bobi Wine stated that he had determined to withdraw his case, claiming that “the courts are not independent, it is clear these people (judges) are working for Mr Museveni”.

Bobi Wine, whose actual identify is Robert Kyagulanyi, rejected the outcomes of the January presidential election and stated he believed victory was stolen from him. A pop star and lawmaker, Bobi Wine, 39, had requested the courtroom to overturn the outcomes on a number of grounds, together with the widespread use of violence.

Museveni, a former guerrilla chief who has led the East African nation since 1986, was declared the winner of the January 14 election with 59 p.c of the vote, whereas Bobi Wine received 35 p.c of the votes.

A political assertion

Solomon Muyita, a judiciary spokesman, informed Reuters information company they may solely reply to Bobi Wine’s accusations and his choice to withdraw the case when he formally withdraws it by way of his attorneys.

“Right now what he has done is, he has only made a political statement, as far as the records of the Supreme Court are (concerned) the case is still there,” he stated.

Bobi Wine accused Museveni of staging a “coup” within the election and has beforehand urged his supporters to protest the outcome by way of non-violent means.

Human Rights Watch stated the lead-up to the elections was characterised by widespread violence and human rights abuses.

The web was shut down throughout the nation shortly earlier than voting began. It has since been revived, although entry to social media is blocked.

Museveni, 76, has dismissed allegations of vote-rigging, calling the election “the most cheating-free” since independence from Britain in 1962.

Museveni has lengthy been a Western ally, receiving copious quantities of help and sending troops to regional hassle spots, together with Somalia, to struggle armed teams.

But Western backers have turn out to be more and more annoyed at his reluctance to cede energy and crackdowns on opponents.