US presses gov’t on stolen Mbabazi petition files


The US has demanded for a thorough investigation following Tuesday night break-in Amama Mbabazi lawyers Muhammad Mbabazi and Fred Muwema’s offices.

The break-in now tagged on police saw election petition files and computers stolen.

The incident created a crisis in Mbabazi’s camp that was supposed to submit affidavits in Supreme Court on Thursday morning.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, said the break-in could have been an inside job staged managed for propaganda purposes.

The U.S. ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac responding to Opondo said Mbabazi’s petition should be heard with impartiality and in accordance with Ugandan law.

“We expect a full investigation into the alleged break-in to find those responsible,” she pressed on.

The US Mission in Kampala also said in a tweet that “Ugandan government has responsibility to ensure all candidates have access to legal means to challenge results, per constitutional rights”.

The mission also condemned the harassment and arrest of Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye’s election rigging witnesses.

“Harassment and detention of opposition witnesses undermines principles of just society.”

Mbabazi claims atleast 13 of his witnesses have been arrested by police and detained in Jinja.

The mission said this calls into question Uganda government’s commitment to demonstrate the rule of law.

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