Ugandan reggae artists, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine won a landslide victory in the Kyadondo East By-election.
Bobi garnered 25,659 (77%) while NRM’s Sebalu got 4556 of the votes. FDC’s Kantinti managed 1832 of the 33310 votes cast. The other candidates in the race were; Muwada Nkunyingi, an FDC leaning independent, Sowedi Kayongo Male and Edward Kasasa.
Besigye took to twitter on Thursday evening to congratulate Bobi Wine whose campaigns were marked by seas of humanity turning up to listen to his promises.
“Landslide victory for the HE Bobi Wine. Congratulations-PEOPLE POWER!! That’s why Wakiso people weren’t allowed to vote 2016,” Besigye tweeted on Thursday evening.
Earlier, the Uganda Police Force has stated that the fresh deployment of military police is not aimed at intimidating voters, but ensuring order after elections.
At 3:00 pm three trucks of military police were seen entering into the kasangati police station with both unarmed and armed military policemen. Two military tanks are also stationed at the police post.
Now police Spokesperson Asan Kasingye states that the presence of military police is not meant to intimidate voters. He says its not the first time military policemen have been deployed to safeguard elections.
Kasingye also added that the military police will only vacate Kyadondo when there is order.
He says the deployment is meant to curb any possible chaos.
Police has arrested over 10 supporters of different candidates in the ongoing elections at Kyadondo.
According to Kampala Metropolitan police commander Frank Mwesigwa, police received reports of people planning to disrupt counting of polls. He says police is on high alert in regards to the matter.
Five candidates are participating in the Kyadondo by elections. These include NRMs Sitenda Ssebalu, FDCs Apollo Kantinti, Independent candidate Bobi Wine also known as Kyagulanyi Sentamu, Independent candidate Nkunyingi Muwada and independent candidate Dr Sowedi Male.
Additional reporting by URN