Uganda: UN chief requires ‘inclusive, transparent and peaceful’ elections

Uganda: UN chief calls for ‘inclusive, transparent and peaceful’ elections

With presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to happen on 14 January, SecretaryGeneral António Guterres raised concern over experiences of violence and tensions in components of the nation and implored all political actors and their supporters to “refrain from the use of hate speech, intimidation and violence”. 

“Any electoral disputes should be resolved through legal and peaceful means”, he mentioned in a statement

Election credibility 

One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, Yoweri Museveni, is looking for his sixth time period in workplace, and competing towards 10 different candidates to retain the presidency, together with the favored singer Bobi Wine. 

Last week, the UN human rights workplace, OHCHR, famous the “deteriorating human rights situation” forward of Thursday’s vote, calling on the Government to take measures to forestall electoral violence. 

OHCHR reported quite a few rights violations together with circumstances of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture. At least 55 folks have been killed in November throughout riots and protests over the arrest of Mr. Wine, whose actual title is Robert Kyagulanyi.  

According to information experiences, the European Union mentioned on Tuesday that the electoral course of had been significantly tarnished by way of extreme power.  

In a tv tackle on Tuesday, President Museveni mentioned that overseas companions didn’t perceive that Uganda’s energy got here from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the military and the financial system. 

At the identical time, tons of of Ugandan civil society organizations have reported that solely 10 of their 1,900 accreditation requests had been granted. 

On Tuesday, in response to information experiences., Uganda’s communications regulator ordered telecoms corporations to dam entry to messaging and social media apps, shortly after Facebook mentioned that it had closed “fake” accounts, it mentioned have been linked to the Government.  

A plea for ‘maximum restraint’ 

In his assertion, Secretary-General Guterres referred to as on the Ugandan authorities, significantly the safety forces, to “show maximum restraint during this period and act according to established human rights principles”.   

He concluded by reiterating the UN’s dedication “to support the country’s efforts to promote sustainable development and build a prosperous future”. 

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