The US has condemned the mistreatment of opposition politicians by the government of Uganda saying it is contrary to the nation’s Constitution
‘ ‘We join the many Ugandans asking why their government has recently blocked musical concerts and radio talk shows, disrupted peaceful demonstrations and rallies, and deployed heavy-handed security forces against peaceful citizens.’’ A Statement from US embassy in Uganda reads in part.
The statement didn’t specify a particular Opposition leader, however they made reference to the recent incidents involving Dr Kizza Besigye, and Kyaddondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Police have in recent past blocked FDC’s strongman Kizza Besigye’s radio talk shows and Bobi Wine’s music concerts.
Bobi Wine revealed that Sunday police directive brings the total number of his blocked concerts across the country to 124 since October, 2017
While we're under house arrest, let's make some music.
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) April 23, 2019
Last Thursday, Police in Mubende District in central Uganda raided Mubende FM and switched it off in attempt to stop Dr Kizza Besigye from appearing on a live talk show. “After 10mins on air, via 106 Mubende FM Radio, the Station was surrounded by heavily armed police officers and switched off from the mast! This is a repeat of what happened in Kabale and Jinja. In Mbarara, we couldn’t even get to the radio. We’re still inside,” Besigye tweeted.
The US says Uganda’s constitution guarantees freedom of assembly and expression. ‘ ‘We echo the Ugandan people in calling on the government to respect these rights. Strong leaders and states do not stifle speech – they allow their citizens to participate fully and without fear in a vibrant multi-party democracy.’’