United States has reiterated concerns with Uganda’s post-election environment in a new statement, urging the government of President Yoweri Museveni to “take prompt action”.
The message is contained in a statement by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby on the Ugandan government’s post-election conduct.
The United States reiterated its ongoing concerns with Uganda’s post-election environment, in which the government and its security forces persistently have violated the rights and freedoms of Ugandan citizens and the media.
This comes at a time the police and national army are on the spot for shooting and killing six people in Kasese district.
“The continued detention of opposition figures without legal justification, the ongoing harassment of opposition supporters, interference in legal challenges to the election results, and the intimidation of Uganda’s media are unacceptable activities in a free and democratic society,” the statement reads.
“Recently proposed legislation to enhance the powers of the government to restrict media is an attempt to further limit the country’s political space.”
The Attorney General Fred Ruhindi this week tabled a bill in parliament to allow ICT minister John Nasasira restrict communication including media and social media.
The United States and Uganda have a long standing and strong partnership that has contributed to the stability and prosperity of the region.
“We are concerned that the Ugandan government’s recent actions could endanger the economic and political progress that has enabled our relationship to grow.”
“We urge the government to take prompt action to reverse this troubling trend.”