Ugandan Authorities Detain Opposition Presidential Candidate over Security Threats ‎ (Reuters/NAN)

Ugandan authorities on Monday said that opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye, was detained by police as a “preventative” security measure.

Kizza was detained on Saturday -two days after he failed to beat long-serving President Yoweri Museveni in an election that observers say was flawed.

“Today, Besigye had mobilised a group of youth to storm the electoral commission.

“ We had information that they had planned to cause violence in the city,” Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango, told newsmen.

Meanwhile, the EU, U.S. and Commonwealth observers to the Feb.18 elections all said that the polls were undermined by lack of transparency and fell short of key democratic benchmarks.

They also expressed concern over the harassment of opposition figures and the shutdown of social media in Uganda, where Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have faced outages since election day.
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