Uganda Diaspora P10 together with human rights and pro-democracy activists have petitioned the Dutch government “to exercise its diplomatic leverage to take action against gross human rights abuse and the fraudulent presidential election in Uganda”.
The online petition [Read full petition here: http://chn.ge/1Lko9fU] accuses President Yoweri Museveni’s government of championing corruption, gross human’s rights abuses, and serious accountability issues.
“In that context, we find it ironical that the Dutch government with its impeccable records of being accountable to its taxpayers underlined by the democratic principles of transparency, accountability, and human rights can continue to support the regime in Uganda,” the petitioners write.
The group says its a major stakeholder in Uganda’s development and remits about $ 1.2 billion to Uganda annually.
P10 is the International communication arm of Besigye, a pressure group for the enhancement of good governance, true democracy, and socio-economic development.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible, the frequent state inspired violence and the show of force since February 22, 2016, in arresting opposition leaders, FDC members of staff and hundreds of opposition party supporters.”
“We believe like President Barak Obama said while on his first official visit to Africa “Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions”: “Development depends upon good governance”. “No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.”
P10 accuses Museveni of attaining power by gun, ruling by the gun and believing only the gun shall remove him from power.
“We also believe like Gen.Museveni said in his book “WHAT IS AFRICA’s PROBLEM” that overstaying in power by Africa’s leaders is the largest reason for Africa’s underdevelopment but we are surprised that the author of the book himself has stayed in power for 30 years and wants to be life president.”
P10 requested the Dutch government to persuade President Museveni to order that the consistent state inspired attacks, arrests and house detention on Dr. Kizza Besigye should stop forthwith.
“Evacuate members of our families and relatives that are being persecuted for answering our call to support Dr. Kizza Besigye. Help fund Dr. Kizza Besigye to manage the petition and put an international independent audit against the forged results of the presidential and parliamentary election,” the petition reads.
P10 further asks the Dutch government to not accept the results announced by the Uganda Electoral commission, not recognize Gen.Yoweri as the president of Uganda, suspend aid to Uganda and put targeted sanctions on the “regime and its functionaries that are involved in brutal acts against civilians”.
The sanctions and travel bans, according to the petition, are targeting Museveni, his wife Janet Museveni and their son Brigadier Muhoozi Kienurugaba commander of the Special Forces Group.
Others targeted are; Gen Caleb Akandwanaho (Salem Saleh) Brother to the president and a senior advisor on defense, Ms. Jovial Akandwanaho Saleh wife to General Saleh, Sam Kutesa Minister of foreign affairs, Jim Muwezi Minister of the information, Tamale Mirundi former presidential press secretary, Ofwono Opondo head of Uganda media center, General Kale Kayihura Inspector general of the Uganda police, Badru Kiggundu Chairperson of Independent Electoral commission and Kasule Lumumba Secretary general of the NRM Uganda ruling party.
The rest include; Andrew Felix Kaweesi, head the Force’s Human Resource Development, Frank Tuwembaze minister for the presidency and minister for the Kampala Capital City Authority, Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde head of the voter bribery team, Brig Moses Rwakitarate former chief of the Uganda Air Force, Major General Charles Angina Deputy Chief of the Defense Forces (DCDF), Brigadier Leopold Kyanda, the Chief of Staff of Land Forces. Major Roland Kakooza Mutale, a special presidential adviser on political affairs and Jonathan Taremwa, spokesman for the electoral commission.
Netherlands and Uganda have enjoyed bilateral relations for the last 15 years.
It is projected that the cumulative Dutch FDI will amount to USD 500 million by 2017, of which USD 100 million is linked to the Food Security program.
Ugandan imports from the Netherlands are currently worth between USD 67 million to USD 90 million.
The Dutch government is also supporting the Justice, law, and order sector in Uganda, €7m is donated to the government of Uganda for use in improving its judicial system and another €16m is donated towards improving human rights in Uganda.