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Uganda: Museveni Has Failed to Win Over Young, Urban Ugandans

Analysis - Yoweri Museveni has claimed victory in Uganda's recent elections, potentially extending his presidential rule to 41 years. The elections were marred by widespread claims of rigging, malpractice and intimidation. At the receiving end of this was his thoroughly brutalised opponent, the pop star-turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine.

At the receiving end of this was his thoroughly brutalised opponent, the pop star-turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine.Kampala, like most of Uganda's urban areas, has long been an opposition stronghold and the urban challenge to Museveni was clear even before Bobi Wine arrived on the political scene in 2017.In the run-up to the 2016 election - by which time Bobi Wine's politically-charged music was already rattling the president - Museveni even co-opted a dozen of Uganda's other leading pop stars into his own campaign song.Given this, it is possible that he could just abandon efforts to win urban support, instead adopting a strategy of containment towards Bobi Wine and his urban followers.

The second is that abandoning cities to the opposition will mean maintaining very high levels of urban militarisation and repression, especially since Bobi Wine (now released) will surely try to continue mobilising his base.But its popularity has now hit rock bottom in the country's urban areas, particularly among young people.

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