EU and US call for probe into Uganda election violence as Bobi Wine remains under house arrest (VIDEO)
Updated 6:30 AM ET, Thu January 21, 2021
Opposition candidates were harassed by security forces, the media was suppressed by the government, and observers’ offices were raided, said the EU Council of Ministers in a statement on Wednesday.
It called on all parties to refrain from violence and for “election challenges and complaints to be addressed in an independent and transparent manner.”
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“I thank all friends in Uganda and abroad who continue to stand with us until we put an end to this indignity,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.
Human rights groups spoke out against Wine’s detention and the political climate in the country as President Museveni embarked on an election victory tour of the country Thursday.
“It is neither a crime to stand for president nor to want to challenge the election results in court,” said the regional director of the human rights NGO, Deprose Muchena, in a statement.
In the weeks leading up to the election, there were several incidences of violence and human rights violations said Human Rights Watch.
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Museveni’s senior press secretary, Don Wanyama, referred CNN to the police when contacted about Wine’s house arrest, implying that the President knew nothing about the detention.
“Why would he?” Wanyama said. “Stop Musevenising everything. Talk to the police.”
The Ugandan Police Force did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The police said in a tweet they made arrangements with Wine to access his lawyers on Tuesday, but they claim he refused to meet them.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, the minister for foreign affairs, Sam Kutesa, said the conduct of some of the presidential candidates was in “open defiance” of the electoral commission’s guidelines.
Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor for United States President-elect Joe Biden, described the house arrest as “deeply concerning” on Sunday.
The United States ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday.
This impeded the work of journalists, observers, and party agents, said the EU ministers.
The internet shutdown was needed to “stop the vitriolic language and incitement to violence,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a tweet on Wednesday.
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