President Yoweri Museveni has responded to the US Secretary of State John Kerry as regards the election developments in Uganda.
According to the US Department of State, Kerry called President Museveni after the arrest of Forum for Democratic Change party presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.
Besigye has so far been arrested four times this week alone with the latest taking along FDC party president, Mugisha Muntu, secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe and Chairman Wasswa Birigwa.
Museveni told Daily Monitor he told Kerry that Besigye had not been detained [on Thursday], but escorted back to his house because he had attempted to assault a government [facility], “in this case a police office which is not acceptable anywhere in any country”.
Kerry had expressed his concern about the detentions of Opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and harassment of Opposition party members during voting and tallying, and he urged President Museveni to rein in the police and security forces, noting that such action calls into question Uganda’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation, according to State Department statement.
“Democracy cannot operate in anarchy, and everybody should behave according to the law,” Museveni told the US diplomat.
Kerry also asked the president to “immediately” end government’s blockage of the popular social media [Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp] and mobile money sites.
According to Kerry, Uganda’s progress depends on adherence to democratic principles in the ongoing election process and that the United States stands by the Ugandan people as they undertake this most essential democratic endeavour.
“I told Kerry not to worry a lot about the internal affairs of Uganda because we know how to handle the issues, and I will call the [new United States] Ambassador and tell her the things she does not know about Uganda,” Museveni told the newspaper.
The new ambassador is Deborah Malac who just recently replaced Scott DeLisi.
Meanwhile, Besigye and his colleagues were later released in the night but the army poured on streets to protect and secure the citizens’ property.