Long-serving Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said he will retire if he loses the election being held today, 14th January.
Speaking in an interview with CNN, he said that he would accept the results should he be defeated.
“Uganda is not my house. I’ll go to my house if I lose and do my own things if the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues,” he said.
He also said he was willing and ready to provide evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it accepts opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine’s proposal to investigate him for human rights abuses.
“We have no problem at all. We have nothing to hide. We don’t need lectures from anybody in the world because we know what we are doing,” he added.
Addressing fellow Ugandans, he defended the shutdown of social media. He accused Facebook of being biased, noting that it should be available to everyone.
“I am sorry for the inconvenience but we can’t tolerate arrogance or anyone deciding for us who is good and bad,” he said.
Facebook had blocked the ruling party’s National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s fake accounts linked to the government.
“I told our people to warn those Facebook people. If they do not want to co-operate, they shall not operate here,” he added.
In today’s elections, Museveni is seeking a sixth term. He has warned against rigging the election, saying that parties or individuals found will face the full force of the law.
He has also urged the Uganda Electoral Commission to conduct a free and fair poll.