The United States has said it will take action against anti-democratic forces and human rights abusers in Uganda following Thursday’s general elections in the country.
The U.S. position came in a statement by the Department of State through its spokesperson, Ms Morgan Ortagus, on Saturday.
Ortagus said the government was “deeply troubled” by credible reports of “security force violence” and election irregularities before and during the polls.
She called for independent investigations into the allegations, and urged the Ugandan government to hold accountable security agents responsible for violence and abuses.
“The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multi-party national elections on Jan. 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear.
“We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls.
“We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these reports and that those responsible be held accountable,” she said.
Earlier on Saturday, Uganda’s Electoral Commission declared long-time President Yoweri Museveni, winner of the disputed presidential election for a sixth term in office.
According to the results, Museveni, 76, secured 58.64 per cent of the total votes to beat his main challenger, Bobi Wine, who trailed with 35 per cent.
But the exercise has been marred by allegations of voter fraud and harassment of opposition politicians by security forces.
Reports say dozens of people were killed during violence in the run-up to the election.
Ahead of Election Day, the government shut down Internet connections in the country, drawing condemnation from civil society and election observers.
Wine, a former music star, has vowed to provide evidence of election fraud when internet services are restored, according to the BBC.
“We condemn the continuing attacks on political candidates and urge the government to respect their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression.
“We are gravely concerned by harassment of and continued threats to civil society.
“Finally, we note the continued nationwide shutdown of the Internet and call for its immediate restoration along with that of social media services,” Ortagus said.
She urged all political actors to shun violence and resolve all arising disputes through constitutional and legal means.
The spokesperson also called on the Ugandan government to respect freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly.
“We reiterate our intention to pursue action against those responsible for the undermining of democracy and human rights in Uganda,” Ortagus added. (NAN)
Kano closes four tertiary institutions over insecurity
Nigerian First Lady, Aisha dumps Buhari, Kemi Olunloyo alledges
American woman plays grieving widow on TV while secretly dating husband’s alleged killer
VIDEO: See interior of Don Jazzy’s beautiful new crib
#FreeDawisu: Nigerians call for release of ex-Ganduje’s aide held for criticising ‘clueless, inept’ Buhari
Leave Igboho, arrest Iskilu Wakili, Ibarapa indigenes tell police, DSS
Poor Osinbajo, he can’t speak in class – Aisha Yesufu
Dangote Group pays N500k to each family of students killed in crash
Legendary highlife musician Pa Chris Ajilo dies at 92
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Villagers parade naked man accused of raping woman, trying to pluck out her eyes in Akure
VIDEO: Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, who acted with Frank Spencer, clocks 80
‘Eko Gba Gbere’ singer, Pa Chris Ajilo, is dead (Listen to music)
VIDEO: Lagos preachers fight dirty over preaching spot in Ikeja
Reactions trail Adamu Garba’s ‘investing in cows is better than cryptocurrency’ comment
Four men gang-rape girl in Benue
VIDEO: NDLEA seizes N1.4bn worth of cannabis in Edo
VIDEO: NLC stages protest at CAC HQ in Abuja
VIDEO: Niger Delta militants threaten to attack Abuja, Lagos
VIDEO: Nigerian policeman preaches to passers-by in local market
VIDEO: Drama as Nigerian Police officers push-start ‘Black Maria’ conveying arrested #LekkiTollgate protesters
VIDEO: Why we may replace BVN with NIN – Minister
VIDEO REVIEWS: Lekki tollgate reopening, FG’s plan for electric cars, other
VIDEO: Three students suffocate to death as hundreds struggle to write exam in overcrowded Ebonyi varsity hall
Zimbabwe govt calls viral anti-corruption song, DemLoot, boring
- General12 hours ago
Twitter targets 100% increase in revenue, introduces new ‘super follow’ feature
- Crime24 hours ago
Woman defrauds boyfriend N9.5m
- General23 hours ago
Schoolgirls abduction: Zamfara shuts boarding schools
- Entertainment11 hours ago
NCPC never appointed Tonto Dikeh as Peace Ambassador – Commission
- Metro8 hours ago
New York cemetery worker buried alive when grave collapses on him
- General22 hours ago
Zamfara abduction: Police, military, others begin joint search an rescue operation
- Sports11 hours ago
Marseille name Sampaoli as new head coach
- Entertainment7 hours ago
Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs have returned safely