The events come after the bloodiest pre-crackdown of the year and widespread allegations of irregularities.
Uganda’s Ivory Museveni has been sworn in as president in his eighth term, while police have surrounded his main opposition rival, Bobby Wine, who called the inauguration a “shame.”
Maseveni, who was sworn in as president on Wednesday, was re-elected in January in a program broadcast on national television in the capital, Kampala, and attended by several African heads of state and other foreign dignitaries.
The 76-year-old, wearing a dark blue suit and a wide-brimmed trademark hat, has vowed to “be faithful” to the country he has ruled nonstop since taking power as rebel leader in 1986.
His victory overs in January Pre-crackdown on bloody elections Over the years, opposition candidates have refrained from forcibly campaigning and dozens of protesters have been killed by security forces.
Bobby Wine, who came in second on the ballot in Museveni and declared the vote rigged, was “surrounded” by police and soldiers on the outskirts of Kampala and prevented from leaving.
“The dictator Museveni is swearing that he stole the election and deprived Ugandans and he is afraid of those who oppose this shameful event,” the 39-year-old singer-turned-law minister told AFP.
“Even if he swears, we will continue to fight to oust him from power in a peaceful way and it will come soon.”
Opposition veteran Kiza Besigiye, who lost to Maseveni during four controversial and often violent presidential elections, was also effectively placed under house arrest.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga described the measures taken to protect Bobby Wine and Besigie as “normal” warnings.
“There were intelligence reports that some people wanted to obstruct the swearing-in and we took precautions to protect some leaders, including opposition leaders, including Bobby Wine and Besigie,” he said.
“This deploys general security for VIPs.”
But Enanga added that Bobby Wine is planning a parallel swearing-in ceremony and that it would be “illegal and treacherous and the police will not let him do it”.
Bobby Wine Election results challenge The court, however, later withdrew its appeal, saying the judiciary was set up in favor of Mesveni.
In March, he called on Ugandans to become “peaceful and unarmed” in protest of the ongoing rule of Masavini. Opposition groups called for a boycott of the by-elections Abduction Their supporters.