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Kenya Strengthens Ties with Somali “Breakaway” State, Somaliland



President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and his Somaliland counterpart, Muse Bihi Abdi, have announced the strengthening of diplomatic ties between the two East African nations.

According to the agreement, Kenya will open a consulate in Somalia’s breakaway state of Somaliland by the end of March 2021 while the latter will upgrade the status of its liaison office in Nairobi to that of a consulate.

In a joint communique, the presidents also agreed that Kenya Airways would fly directly from capital Nairobi to Somaliland’s capital Hargeisa before the end of March.

The statement disclosed that the presidents are committed to deepening the cordial bilateral relations between Kenya and Somaliland aimed at fostering sustainable peace, stability, sustained growth, and shared prosperity.

The Presidents also directed senior officials from both Kenya and Somaliland to agree on details and timelines for enhancing technical cooperation, including implementation of Exchange Programmes involving students, agricultural officers, doctors, nurses and other professionals.

The deal appears to have angered Somalia, which earlier announced the severance of diplomatic ties with Kenya.

Somaliland seceded from Somalia in 1991, but its attempts so far to gain international recognition as an independent state have been unsuccessful with Somalia insisting that it is still part of its territory.

Somalia has recalled its diplomats in Kenya and given Kenyan diplomats seven days to leave.

Kenyan government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said that a committee had been set up to to resolve differences with Somalia, as the two countries had a long-standing relationship that needed to be protected.

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Museveni Defeats Bobi Wine To Re-emerge Ugandan President



Incumbent Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has been announced as winner of the country’s Presidential election.

The electoral commission of Uganda announced the final results of the election on Saturday, 48 hours after the polls.

Museveni won 5,851,037 votes (58.64%) of the votes to emerge winner of the election. Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) won more than 3 million votes and over 34% of he votes.

It is Museveni’s lowest votes tally in 6 elections and the lowest since he had 59% in 2006 against Kizza Besigye.

The Presidential election was marred with trouble-ridden campaigns with an opposition candidate, Bobi Wine having some of his supporters killed.

Prior to the election, internet was shut down in Uganda while CSOs and NGOs were not allowed to observe.

United States observers were also not granted accreditation.

More than half of the 18m people who registered to vote in Uganda participated in the election.

Bobi Wine has since rejected the results, as he accused Museveni of riggin the election.

Security operatives have since surrounded Bobi Wine’s house, as they failed to allow local and foreign journalists into his premises.

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#UgandaDecides2021: Bobi Wine Claims Victory, Rejects Early Results



Uganda's musician MP Bobi Wine announces 2021 presidential candidacy

Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, has claimed victory in Uganda presidential election despite early results giving incumbent President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead.

The 38-year-old former singer rejected as a “joke” preliminary results that gave Museveni the lead.

The electoral commission said earlier on Friday that Museveni, who is seeking a sixth term in office, led in Thursday’s polls with results in from 29 percent of polling stations.

Museveni has received 63 percent of ballots while Bobi Wine had 28 percent, the electoral body said. Final results are expected by Saturday afternoon.

Bobi Wine, the 38-year-old former musician-turned politician has emerged as the main challenger to 76-year-old Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

“We secured a comfortable victory,” Bobi Wine told reporters in Kampala, the capital. “I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far,” Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said.

“The people of Uganda voted massively for change of leadership from a dictatorship to a democratic government, but Museveni is trying to paint a picture that he is in the lead. What a joke!” he added.

The opposition leader, who has been arrested multiple times during the campaigning, earlier said the presidential election was marred by ‘fraud and violence’ without providing any evidence.

Bobi Wine said he would detail election irregularities by the ruling party once the internet was restored. The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued.

An election commission official responded to Bobi Wine’s accusations. “Let him show the country in what manner, in what form the results are rigged.”

Meanwhile, the government dismissed the opposition leader’s allegation and called on him to present evidence of his claims.

“This is what we expected before. Even before we went into polling, he said the election will be rigged,” Ofwono Opondo, government spokesman, told reporters, “These are allegations that we are used to in Ugandan elections. Nothing new,” he added.

The election took place after one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition leaders, attacks on the media and dozens of deaths.

The run-up to polling day was marred by a sustained crackdown on Museveni’s rivals and government critics and unprecedented attacks on the nation’s media and human rights defenders.

In November, at least 54 people were shot dead by security forces loyal to Museveni during protests against one of Wine’s numerous arrests.

The U.S., EU, UN and global rights and democracy groups have raised concerns about the integrity and transparency of the election.

Meanwhile, the African Union (AU), has sent monitors, along with an AU women’s group.

On Wednesday, the United States, a key aid donor to Uganda, announced it was cancelling a diplomatic observer mission after several of its staff were denied permission to monitor the election.

On Tuesday, Museveni announced the suspension of social media networks and messaging services like Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp in response to Facebook closing accounts linked to government officials that the technology giant said were spreading misinformation.

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Bobi Wine Rejects Preliminary Presidential Election Results



Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, candidate of the National Unity Platform in Uganda’s Presidential election has rejected the preliminary results posted by the electoral commission.

The Electoral Commission of Uganda has declared preliminary results from more than 10,000 polling units. From the results, incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni is leading closest competitor, Bobi Wine with a difference of over 2 million votes between both candidates.

As at the 5th update of the electoral commission, Museveni had 3,091,725 votes while Bobi Wine had 1,445,805 votes. Museveni currently has 62.74% of the votes while Kyagulanyi has garnered 29.34% of total votes cast.

Bobi Wine in a Press conference held in his home said the electoral commission was just there to announce the results given to it. He said the results being announced do not reflect the will of Ugandans.

“At the National tally center, Mr Byabakama, the chairperson of the EC is not in charge. Byabakama is only there to come and announce what has been given to him by several operatives who have been deployed there, ” Bobi Wine said.

Recall that the internet was shut down in Uganda barely a day before the election.

Several CSOs and electoral information-based NGOs were also denied accreditation to observe the election.

The US government and the EU were also not granted accreditation before the election.

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