Ugandan Election

On the 14th of January 2021, the eyes of the world were on Uganda as musician turned politician Bobi Wine faced the incumbent Yoweri Museveni who was seeking to secure his sixth five-year term in office. This election presented somewhat of a crossroads for the nation which has seen itself under the rule of despots such as Idi Amin in the past, as the electorate had a choice between a young, dynamic self-professed “Ghetto child” seeking to put an end to corruption and a leader who has continually sought to consolidate his grip on power at the expense of the wellbeing of the nation, firstly by removing presidential term limits in 2005 and most recently by passing a law that scrapped the age limit of 75 for presidential candidates which critics suggest is paving the way for Museveni to be president for life.

The run up to the election was eventful to say the least. Since entering politics in 2017, Bobi Wine has been arrested multiple times on various charges but has never been convicted. In the weeks leading up to the election, security forces violently dispersed his rallies with tear gas and rubber bullets, while several opposition figures were arrested, and journalists attacked. Police claimed that their actions were necessary in order to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus. However, opposition leaders say they have been selectively targeted. In fact, Bobi Wine feared for his and hi