The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over continued harassment of political actors and some sections of civil society following President Museveni’s re-election in the january 14th presidential elections .
In a statement issued on Wednesday from Brussels, the EU High Representative, Mr Josep Borell, appealed to Uganda government to observe rule of law.
The European Union (EU) takes note of the results of the presidential elections declared by the Electoral Commission in Uganda.
‘ ‘The EU welcomes that no major violent incidents were reported on election day but regrets that the disproportionate role given to security forces during the elections brought forth violence in the pre-electoral period, harassment of opposition leaders, suppression of civil society actors and media, and the raiding of a domestic observers office. ’The statement reads In part.
‘ ‘Access to social media was disturbed, and a full internet blackout disrupted freedom of expression, freedom of information, and regular economic and social activities. In particular, this severely hampered the work of journalists, observers, party agents and others expected to report on the polling results and scrutinise them.’’
The EU called on the Government of Uganda to respect the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful and safe assembly, including the free movement of all political actors and their supporters.
Last week, the electoral commission declared incumbent mr. Museveni winner of the election with 59 percent followed by National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, with 35 per cent.
However, Mr Kyagulanyi has been placed under house arrest and his home surrounded by the military and police.
Mr Borell says EU is gravely concerned by the continued harassment of political actors and parts of civil society. In line with its laws, international commitments and obligations, the Government must ensure that security services act with restraint, that any violations or abuses are duly and impartially investigated, and that those responsible are held to account.
‘ ‘Pending the final results of the electoral process including the parliamentary and local elections, the EU calls on all parties to refrain from any form of violence as well as from statements and actions that may incite violence, and for election challenges and complaints to be addressed in an independent and transparent manner through the available constitutional and legal remedies.’’ He said