Jan. 14 (UPI) — Ugandans went to the polls on Thursday to elect a president, with the incumbent chief — who’s dominated for practically 4 a long time — dealing with plenty of challengers, together with a former rapper.

Residents are selecting from an inventory of practically a dozen candidates, together with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and rapper-turned-politician Bobi Wine.

Wine, 38, whose actual identify is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been crushed and tear-gassed by safety forces at instances through the electoral marketing campaign.

A lot of younger voters in Uganda, nonetheless, have been impressed by Wine’s marketing campaign and he’s thought-about the highest challenger within the race. For years, he has used his music to voice grievances and describe challenges confronted by on a regular basis Ugandans.

Museveni, 76, is among the longest serving leaders in Africa. He was seen casting his poll on Thursday on the Karo Major Faculty polling station in Nshwere, Kiruhura.

Museveni, who has been Uganda’s president since 1986, is in his fifth time period and the nation has solely lately returned to permitting multi-party election campaigns.

Wine solid his poll at a public sq. close to the capital, Kampala, earlier than a crowd of supporters.

“Once I checked out that poll paper and noticed my face, my thoughts ran again to the ghettos … all of us who by no means used to see ourselves as consequential,” Wine mentioned after voting Thursday.

“It is such an enormous honor to characterize my technology in such a monumental election.”

Forces patrolled all through Uganda through the last hours of polling and authorities shut off Web entry days earlier than voting started as a safety measure.