Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the reelection of Yoweri Museveni as Uganda President for another five-year term was a testament that the country’s citizens believed in his leadership.
Museveni was declared the winner of Thursday’s presidential election by the Uganda Electoral Commission on Saturday, granting him a sixth term in office.
The Commission 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.
In a congratulatory message to the Ugandan leader, President Kenyatta said he looks forward to continue working with President Museveni in deepening the strong bilateral ties between Kenya and Uganda for the mutual benefit of the people of the two Republics.
President Kenyatta said Uganda had achieved stability and registered consistent economic growth under President Museveni, and assured of Kenya’s commitment to continue partnering with Uganda in advancing regional and continental integration agenda through the East African Community, the African Union and other multilateral platforms.
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.