U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown held an introductory meeting with Ugandan National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi on January 30.
They discussed the political situation in Uganda, the essential role that constructive political opposition plays in a democracy, the decades-long partnership between the people of the Uganda and the United States, and the political transition in the United States.
On the eve of African American History Month, celebrated in the United States each February, they also discussed America’s continued effort to achieve the promise of liberty and justice for all, the important legacy of civil rights leaders and ordinary citizens who have dedicated their lives to advance that goal, and how these experiences have influenced others globally in the pursuit for more inclusive and representative societies.
Ambassador Brown commended the participation of candidates from across Uganda’s political spectrum in the country’s recent elections while noting the United States’ deep and continuing concern about the extrajudicial detention of opposition political party members, the reported disappearance of several opposition supporters, and continued restrictions on the NUP’s operations.
Ambassador Brown reiterated that the United States does not take sides or support any specific candidate or party in Uganda’s elections.
She called for all political parties and their supporters to use constitutional, legal, and non-violent means to address complaints over election irregularities and emphasized U.S. support for the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, and movement.
Political violence, repression, and intimidation have no place in democracies, she noted.
Meanwhile, Bobi Wine continues to share what he terms as evidence of election fraud.
He claims President Museveni gave himself 100% at 348 polling stations, and 95-99% at hundreds other polling stations across the country.
“How does he and those who support him even sleep at night? Someone should tell him that if he must rig elections, he should be a bit smart!”
He said, according to the Electoral Commission, all registered voters at those polling stations turned up- no one died, was sick, travelled or just didn’t vote.
“That no ballot was invalid at polling stations in rural areas of Isingiro and Kazo, yet there were invalid votes at polling stations in urhan places including Kampala.”
Bobi Wine who is going t court tomorrow, Monday, said “this fraud will not go unchallenged. Ugandans must and will reclaim their victory”.
He said as the internet was switched off, NUP agents under arrest and the military deployed everywhere, Museveni had a field day rigging with impunity.
“The will of the people of Uganda will not be subverted. Not this time. We shall challenge this shameless election thief using all lawful avenues available.”
He shared a video recorded in Butembe county, Jinja District.
“As you can see, the military took positions and was ordering people to vote for Museveni! This happened in very many rural areas. There are several others who were caught recording videos and were immediately ordered to delete the videos, their phones were confiscated and thrown away. What a shame!”