Clear. 40.6   F New York
AI-Powered News Summarizer
Africa

After five days of internet blackout, Ugandans are back online as Bobi Wine remains under house arrest

January 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 68.3%. 1 min read.

Musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, speaks during a press conference at his home in Magere, Uganda, on January 15, 2021. - Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on January 15, 2021 claimed victory in a presidential election, rejecting early results which gave President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead as a "joke". (Photo by Sumy SADRUNI / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADRUNI/AFP via Getty Images)

Uganda's internet shutdown has been described as a "textbook case of pre-meditated, pre-election internet blackout," as connectivity was restored after incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner for a record sixth term.

(CNN)Uganda's internet shutdown has been described as a "textbook case of pre-meditated, pre-election internet blackout," as connectivity was restored after incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner for a record sixth term.

Bobi Wine -- a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi -- came a far second in the vote, according to the country's election commission.

Heavily armed military and police raided his party offices in Kampala on Monday, an administrator tweeted from Wine's official Twitter account.

Wine has rejected the election results, describing them as rigged and called on the country to dismiss the results.

Wine said he had evidence of fraud and intimidation, but he did not provide details of what evidence he had, saying his team would share it when communications lines were restored.

Museveni's house arrest of Wine and blocking of the internet were met with international condemnation over the weekend.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor for United States President-elect Joe Biden, described the news as "deeply concerning. "

"Bobi Wine, other political figures, and their supporters should not be harmed, and those who perpetrate political violence must be held accountable," he said in a tweet on Sunday.

UN Watch, a non-profit human rights organization, sent mock congratulations to Museveni on his re-election saying he won after "imprisoning and silencing opponents" and "shutting down the internet. "

Summarizer is on Google News. Now you can get the latest AI summarized news on your favorite news platform.

Don't like Google News? We have an RSS Feed for you.

Suggestions