Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will add another five years to the 34 he has already been in power after he was declared the winner of Thursday’s presidential election.
The Uganda Electoral Commission on Saturday announced Museveni, the National Resistance Movement leader, the winner of the hotly contested polls after garnering 5, 851, 037 votes (58.64%), his closest challenger Bobi Wine with 3, 475, 298 (34.83%).
Others got less than 500, 000 votes.
The commission said 9, 978, 093 votes had been cast during the exercise that was marred with threats and irregularities.
Wine, the National Unity Platform candidate, had already contested the results saying it didn’t represent the true results of election.
President Museveni has been in power since 1986 when he successfully led a coup against incumbent Tito Okello.
The electioneering period has been marred by violence and deaths as Wine’s supporters clashed with police and the military in numerous occasions.