Uganda's presidential election challenged in court

By Godfrey Olukya

KAMPALA, Uganda (AA) – Recent presidential elections in Uganda, won by President Yoweri Museveni, have been challenged in the country’s top court by opposition leader Bobi Wine.

Ugandan pop music star Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, Monday challenged the recent presidential elections in Supreme Court.

The East African country’s Electoral Commission on Jan. 16 announced Yoweri Museveni as the winner in the elections held on Jan. 14 followed by Bobi Wine, who refused to concede defeat.

His legal team comprising over 10 lawyers is led by Medard Ssegona and Anthony Wameri.

Briefly addressing the media outside the court, Medard Ssegona said: “We have come to court to officially challenge Museveni's win in the recent elections. We have enough evidence to show that the elections were not free and fair.”

Museveni's ruling party secretary-general, Kasule Lumumbwa, said: “We are ready to challenge the petition. We are confident that the elections were free and fair.”

This is the fourth time Museveni's win has been challenged in court since 2001, but in all cases, the petitioners lost the cases.