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KENYAN AND UGANDAN ACTIVISTS CALLED FOR MUSEVENI TO STEP DOWN

Nairobi, 22 January 2021; International and domestic pressure is mounting against Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was re-elected to another five years term on 14 January. 

However, his main challenger popstar who turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine rejected the electoral commission's decision to handed to Museveni the victory, Bobi Wine also called Ugandans to reject the election results citing irregularities at the polling stations and tallying center. 

Today (Friday) Kenyan police in the capital Nairobi dispersed a crowd from Jeevanjee Gardens, Nairobi, the demonstrators who engaged in running battle with police were mainly lawyers and human rights activists, they are calling for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to step down and hand the last week voting victory to Bobi Wine. 

When the group reached the place where they had wanted to stage a peaceful protest, Kenyan police were quickly deployed and have outnumbered the protesters, and tear-gassed them before confiscating their placards. 

The demonstrators are comprised of Ugandans living and working in Kenya their plan according to one of the group's members is to march to the Ugandan embassy in Riverside. 

They said their main objective was to voice their discontentment with Uganda's just-concluded elections, which the group alleged were not held in a free and fair environment. 

The supposedly demonstrators claimed that National Unity Platform candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, was denied his victory. 

Police, however, said they stop the group because they didn't notify the police about the intended protest 

Police deputy commander Mbusa Awuor at Central Sub-county said he had not been notified of the peaceful protest; therefore, therefore it is illegal as the group was not cleared to hold any protest. 

“We notified the regional police commander; we have even received a call from the Office of the President with inquiries on who we are and what we are doing. We don’t have a problem with the Kenyan government and have followed due procedures,” said Bob Njagi from local NGO Haki Africa. 

Anthony Muraya, an activist based in Nairobi said, however, “These Ugandans are yearning for democratic change in their motherland. It is time things changed for the better,”. 

Anthony Muraya further said they will regroup and decide their next step. 

“We will hold another demonstration next week. This time, we will go above and beyond what the police are asking for.” 

This publication has also learned of more demonstrations against Museveni will be staged in the Dutch popular capital city of Amsterdam and Berlin Germany tomorrow Saturday. 

According to one member who spoke to this publication from the Dutch capital city, said they want the Dutch parliament and Dutch government to halt the financial aid, the Netherlands is giving to Museveni, they urged the money has been turned to the procurement of tear gas and weaponry to be used against unarmed Ugandans who yearn for change. 

Joshua Onyango 

SSLN 

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