Museveni Facing Struggle to Win Back the West in Latest Victory

In power since winning a guerrilla war in 1986, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was announced winner of the January 14 election, his sixth, with 58.6% of the vote. However, with his main challenger, the musician and MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine under house arrest since election day, and with evidence continuing to emerge of fraud, widespread concerns remain. The U.S. and EU have declined to congratulate Museveni and instead sought to reiterate their calls for security forces to account for the harassment of political actors and abuse of human rights during the campaigns. Officials from the U.S. government, a major aid, diplomatic and military ally, warned of consequences against Uganda government officials for repeatedly engaging in "wilful subversion of democracy", writes Julius Barigara for The East African.

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President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet during National Resistance Movement delegates conference (file photo).

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