Troops deployed in Uganda ahead of Museveni’s inauguration

Security in Kampala has been beefed up ahead of the inauguration of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

Several heads of states from Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia have already arrived for the ceremony.

According to the police, 40 people were arrested on Monday for planning to disrupt the ceremony.

Meanwhile troops have surrounded the home of Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine, who was the election runner-up.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says officials have intelligence that Wine was planning a parallel inauguration ceremony.

“We are already aware of plans by one of the former presidential candidates, who lost the recent presidential election, and is having plans of holding a parallel and illegitimate swearing-in ceremony.” Enanga said.

He added “We also want to remind him and his supporters that the voice of the electorate were clearly heard,”

They are also deployed at the home of the opposition figure Kizza Besigye – even though he says he left Uganda a month ago.

Earlier in January President Yoweri Museveni won re-election in a disputed poll.

Museveni and his National Resistance Movement party were declared the winner of the January 14 elections with 58.6% of the vote. 

Wine and his National Unity Platform, which came in second with 34%, say the vote was rigged.

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