Soldiers jumped over the fence and briefly surrounded the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine outside of the capital Kampala on Friday, hours after the 38-year-old singer-turned-lawmaker rejected the results of a presidential election due to fraud.
Early results from around a third of polling stations showed longtime president Yoweri Museveni largely leading with 65 per cent of the vote while Bobi Wine had 27 per cent, according to the electoral commission.
But the challenger, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, rejected the results as a “complete sham” and accused authorities of stuffing ballots, preventing people from voting and intimidating others.
“Countrymen and women, I am very confident that we have defeated the dictator. The people of Uganda will and must reject the blatant suppression of their will and their voice,” Mr Wine told reporters at his home on Friday morning.
“We are putting every legal, every constitutional and every non-violent option on the table,” he told Reuters.
Polling agents from his party, the National Unity Platform (NUP), were beaten and chased away in parts of northern and western Uganda, he added.
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