Long-time Ugandan leader Museveni casts vote

The government in the East African country of nearly 46 million people ordered an Internet blackout until further notice on Wednesday (January 13), a day after it banned all social media and messaging apps.

Reggae artist and lawmaker Bobi Wine, 38, is channelling the anger of many young Ugandans who say former guerrilla leader Museveni, now 76, is an out-of-touch dictator failing to tackle unemployment, corruption and surging public debt.

Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, calls Wine an upstart and says his administration guarantees stability and progress, including much-needed hydropower dams and roads.

There are 17.7 million registered voters and results are expected within 48 hours.