President Yoweri Museveni extends his 30-year rule, winning an election that international observers said lacked transparency and his main opponent, under house arrest, denounced as a sham. Gavino Garay reports.
It's official -- Uganda's electoral commission says President Yoweri Museveni (yoh-WEH-ree moo-SEH-veh-nee) is the winner of the country's disputed presidential election.... .... extending his 30-year rule for another term with over 60 percent of the vote. In the capital, Kampala, police have been deployed and military personnel patrol the streets... blocking roads leading to the residence of opposition leader, Kizza Besigye (KEE-zah BEH-seh-jeh), who's been under house arrest. The President of Besigye's Forum for Democratic Change party, along with the many in the opposition, calls the results a 'sham'. A sentiment echoed by some residents: (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAMPALA RESIDENT, SAYING: "Museveni has not won, the election has not be free and fair, they have brought the army here, policemen here, they are trying to threaten people and we don't know why." The election was marred by sometimes deadly violence... and its critics accused Museveni of intimidation tactics -- including shutting down opposition protests and arresting Besigye multiple times to win the election. ... an election that international observers say fell short of a meaningful democratic vote for Uganda's 35 million people.