Uganda Goes to Polls in Tense Election

Uganda Goes to Polls in Tense Election

Political violence has marred the run-up to an election that opposition candidates say is already rigged.

Museveni Faces Uganda’s Voters for Sixth Time

Since it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1962, Uganda has never had a peaceful transfer of power. That streak is likely to continue, if the run-up to today’s presidential and parliamentary elections are any indication.

The presidential contest pits President Yoweri Museveni, an autocrat in power since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, against ten other challengers. Most prominent among them is Bobi Wine, a charismatic musician from the slums of Kampala.

Although there has been no reliable pre-election polling, the vigor with which Museveni’s forces have moved to silence Wine’s campaignspeaks to their fears of the young candidate. Wine has been arrested twice since November after authorities accused him of breaching COVID-19 regulations barring mass gatherings. One of those arrests led to riots, with at least 54 people killed in the ensuing government crackdown.