The National Unity Platform(NUP) President Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has issued a statement in regard to the recent sanctions by the United States against some Ugandan officials who allegedly participated in violating and abusing human rights in the January 2021 polls which saw the incumbent President Museveni declared the winner by the electoral commission but Bobiwine has clearly opposed this from the very beginning saying the elections were neither fair nor free.
”The people of Uganda appreciate U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement of visa restrictions on Ugandan officials who interfered with the recent elections.
The statement by the United States is an important recognition that the recent elections were neither free nor fair. It sends an unequivocal message that although Gen. Museveni boasts of controlling all Ugandan institutions that would call him to account, the world is watching and is beginning to act.
The victims of the worst human rights violations which we have witnessed, including families of hundreds of Ugandans murdered on Gen. Musevení’s orders; thousands of victims of abductions and torture, as well as those who are still under illegal detention, have received this news with gratitude.
The people of Uganda value their relationship with the global community and appreciate the concern shown by the United States on the deteriorating situation regarding human rights and civil liberties.
It is our hope that other nations of the world will follow suit and support the people of Uganda in our quest for freedom and democracy.” Bobi wine posted on Facebook
Last week, the US government announced sanctions against some Ugandan officials over human rights violations orchestrated during and after the 2021 elections.
In a statement released on Friday, the US government secretary of State, Antony John Blinken said there has been an increased downward trajectory for the country’s democratic credentials, adding that this was experienced in the 2021 polls.
“Today I am announcing visa restrictions on those believed to be responsible for or complicit in undermining the democratic processes in Uganda, including the country’s January,14 general elections and the campaign period that preceded it,” the statement by Blinken said.
The November 18 and 19 protests after the arrest of National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine saw over 50 people killed, others injured whereas hundreds were later arrested in the resultant crackdown on the masterminds of the deadly protest.
There was also a crackdown especially by security forces and other government agencies on several civil society organizations and opposition players, mostly Kyagulanyi and his National Unity Platform supporters.
Following the January 14 polls, several NUP supporters have gone missing before the government later admitted that there had been arrested by security organs.
However, according to the US government, security organs are largely to blame for these human rights violations, adding that something needs to be done to check their excesses.