Monday, February 22, 2016

US On Uganda's Presidential Elections

Press Statement
*Museveni and Obama
The United States commends the Ugandan people for participating actively and peacefully in the February 18 elections. While the vote occurred without major unrest, we must acknowledge numerous reports of irregularities and official conduct that are deeply inconsistent with international standards and expectations for any democratic process.

Delays in the delivery of voting materials, reports of pre-checked ballots and vote buying, ongoing blockage of social media sites, and excessive use of force by the police, collectively undermine the integrity of the electoral process. The Ugandan people deserved better. We are also concerned by the continued house arrest of opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye. We call for his immediate release and the restoration of access to all social media sites.

We encourage those who wish to contest the election results to do so peacefully and in accordance with Uganda’s laws and judicial process, and urge the Ugandan government to respect the rights and freedoms of its people and refrain from interference in those processes.
Mark C. Toner
Washington, DC
February 20, 2016


3 comments:

  1. Inasmuch as I do not condone election malpractice, I am asking the US to hands off African Governments' elections. The thrust of the Obama administration is to install Governments that are Muslim and pro gay marriage. It has happened in Nigeria and the gospel is being spread to other African countries. I have nothing against gays but I do not want their rights to impede others'.

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    1. There is I don't get here. President Yoweri Museveni is one of the strongest opponents of gay relationships.

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  2. The speed with which the US commended this election should serve as eye-opener to the Ugandan opposition leader, Kizza Besigye. It should serve as a lesson to all other opposition leaders across Africa always depending on the West to realise their goals. At the end of the day, permanent interest will dictate their stand. I hope somebody like Morgan Tsangirai in Zimbabwe is observing.

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