Uganda Accuses US of Trying to Undermine Presidential Elections

  • Uganda Accuses US of Trying to Undermine Presidential Elections

Uganda Accuses US of Trying to Undermine Presidential Elections

Bobi Wine, 38, came second in the presidential election, which returned Yoweri Museveni to power for a sixth term, and has said he is cut off from his lawyers and party as the days tick by for him to challenge the vote in the courts.

The mission said Brown wanted to check on the "health and safety" of Wine, who became famous after years of singing about government corruption and nepotism, charges the government denies.

"It is the arrogance of the Americans, who think they rule the world", he added. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said Brown had no business visiting Wine.

"I am therefore seeking an opinion from the Working Group finding the house arrest and continuing detention of Mr. Wine and his wife to be arbitrary and in violation of Uganda's Constitution of 1995 (as amended) and obligations under worldwide human rights law including the global Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights to which Uganda is a state party".

"We expect her to write to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to adhere to diplomatic norms".

Lawyers have petitioned court seeking orders restraining the Attorney General of Uganda, Chief of Defense Forces and the Inspector General of Police to produce before court the former Presidential candidate and also NUP party president Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and wife whether dead or live.

There was no immediate comment from Brown or the embassy.

FILE PHOTO | Uganda President Yoweri Museveni with USA envoy Natalie Brown.

Opondo said, without providing any evidence, that Brown had a track record of causing trouble in countries where she has worked in the past.

"These unlawful actions and the effective house arrest of a presidential candidate continue a worrying trend on the course of Uganda's democracy", it said in the statement on Monday.

During the campaign, security forces routinely broke up Wine's rallies with teargas, bullets, beatings and detentions, citing violations of laws meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.