Kiir congratulates Museveni on his re-election

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has congratulated his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on his re-election and pledged to work with him in his new administration.

“On behalf of the people of the Republic of South Sudan, allow me to congratulate you on your re-election as President af Uganda. Your election victory is a testimony of trust that National Resistance Movement (NRM) has earned from Ugandans. As well, it’s a sign of their appreciation for the efforts you have made towards developing Uganda in the last 34 years,” said President Kiir in a congratulatory message to his long-term ally.

He praised the positive role played by Museveni in the South Sudanese peace agreement, as well as his continued quest for peace and stability in the region.

“Under your leadership, Uganda has remained a key regional partner, both in economic and peace support in the region. The people of South Sudan are particularly grateful for your contribution to restoration of peace in our country as exemplified by Uganda’s position as one of our peace guarantors.”

“I wish you well as you start your new mandate, and hope that Ugandans will embrace your vision and walk with you in lockstep as you strive towards achieving greater prosperity for the country. We all look forward to working with you on addressing common challenges within our region.”

According to the Ugandan Election Commission, Museveni obtained 5.85 votes, however, allegations of voter fraud still set a troubling precedent in his newly renewed administration.

Museveni declared winner amid allegations of voter fraud

Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result.

Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64%, of the total, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes (34.83%), the electoral commission said in a televised news conference.


Originally published by the Reuters