The US embassy in Kampala has described as inappropriate the decision by Uganda police to raid FDC offices in Najjanankumbi Friday afternoon.
“We strongly condemn the disproportionate police action taken today at FDC headquarters in Kampala,” the US mission in Uganda said in a social media message.
The mission advised its citizens to monitor local media as police and army took over the streets.
It advised the citizens to stay off the streets.
Police files defence
Following various announcements to the candidates and members of the public, and in accordance with Sections 57 and 83 of the Presidential Elections Act; FDC Presidential Candidate Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu, Ingrid Turinawe have been stopped from announcing purportedly final results of the Presidential Elections.
Section 57 of the Presidential Elections Act specifically grants the powers of declaring the results of the Presidential Elections to the Electoral Commission, as laid down by the Constitution of Uganda.
Furthermore, Section 83 of the Presidential Elections Act prohibits anyone from interrupting, obstructing or disturbing the peace and good order of the proceedings and conduct of the Elections.
It has been made clear through various forums that any attempt by anyone other than the Electoral Commission, including the FDC Party, to declare their own results will amount to disturbing public order.
Whereas we appreciate that many people are anxious about the results of the elections, we call upon all peace-loving Ugandans to exercise restraint, good judgement and a sense of decorum in handling matters to do with election results.
Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police