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Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986 and here’s what you need to know about the country’s election taking place tomorrow.

With just one day remaining to the elections, heavy military presence has been deployed in Kampala all social media platforms have been shut down.

Being one of the longest serving presidents in Africa, Museveni is seeking for a sixth term in office.

He faces competition from 10 other challengers, 6 of the challengers are running on independent tickets.

The main challenger to Museveni in this election is 38 year old musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine.

Bobi Wine has been arrested several times since he became involved in politics.

On Tuesday 12th January 2021, he was forced to prematurely cut short his interview with a Kenya’s Hot 96 Fm after his home in Kampala was raided by Ugandan military police.

About 18.1 million Ugandans have registered to vote.

To win the elections, 50% plus 1votes will be needed for a candidate to avoid a run-off election.

The 1st post-independence election(1962), was won by an alliance between the Uganda People’s Congress and Kabaka Yekka

UPC and KY formed the first post-independence government with Milton Obote as executive prime minister and Kabaka Edward Muteesa II as the ceremonial president.

Museveni and Bobi Wine.

In 1966, following a power struggle between the Obote-led government and King Muteesa, Obote suspended the constitution and removed the ceremonial president and vice-president.

In 1967, a new constitution proclaimed Uganda a republic and Obote was declared the president.

Obote was deposed from power by Idi Amin after a military coup on 25 Jan 1971

Amin ruled Uganda with the support of the military for the next 8 years

Amin’s reign was ended after the Uganda-Tanzania War in 1979, when Tanzanian forces aided by Ugandan exiles invaded Uganda.

Uganda’s current president Yoweri Museveni took power in Jan 1986 after a protracted 6 year guerrilla war

Through constitutional amendments, presidential term limits were removed, he was able to vie and was elected president of Uganda in the 2011 and 2016 general elections.

The above are what you need to know as the landlocked East African country heads to the polls tomorrow.

We wish them a peaceful election.

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