Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Uganda’s election process was “not free or fair”.
The United States has said it is imposing a visa ban on “victims of, or involvement of, those responsible for the democratic process in Uganda” or against those involved, during a January election campaign and campaign period.
President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1989, A sixth term is secured Gathered in the January 14 survey 56..6 percent votes. His nearest rival, Bobby Wine, who received 34.6 percent of the vote, was immediately accused of fraud.
“Opposition candidates were regularly harassed, arrested and detained without charge. Ugandan security forces were responsible for the deaths and injuries of dozens of innocent pedestrians and opposition supporters, “said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a statement. Statement Friday, adding that the selection process is “not free or fair”.
“The Ugandan government needs to significantly improve its record and hold those responsible for rigging elections, violence and intimidation accountable,” he added.
The statement did not specify who was affected by the visa ban. The Ugandan government did not immediately respond.
Since the country gained independence from Britain in 1962, rig has rejected allegations of vote rigging by the 76-year-old Museveni, calling the election “the most fraudulently free”.
The election run-off by security forces at the opposition rally was marked by violence and crackdowns.
In November, Bobby Wine, whose real name was Robert Kiyagulanai, was arrested on charges of violating anti-cornovirus measures, after security forces tried to quell riots in several cities, killing 54 people. He was arrested more than once during the campaign.
After the re-election of Museveni, the United States was Be careful It would consider “targeted action” against members of the security forces responsible for election irregularities and abuses against opposition candidates.
As part of this, Uganda US accused The U.S. ambassador is trying to “ruin” the election after trying to see Bobby Wine while under house arrest.
U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown was barred from meeting with the opposition leader at her residence on the northern outskirts of the capital, Kampala.
The embassy said in a January 16 statement that Brown wanted to verify the “health and safety” of Bobby Wine, who became famous after years of singing about government corruption and nepotism.
Official spokesman Afwano Oppondo responded that Brown had no business looking for Bobby Wine.
“What he is reluctantly trying to do is interfere in Uganda’s internal politics, especially in the elections, to destroy our will and the will of the people.” “He should not do anything outside of diplomatic standards.”
Under Museveni, Uganda’s relations with the United States, including Somalia, are built on military cooperation, where the U.S.-trained and equipped Ugandan army is the main center of peacekeeping missions fighting the armed group al-Shabab.
The United States provides about 1 1 billion annually in protection and development assistance to Uganda.