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Ban Ki-moon in DRC, Calls for Refugee Support

The lock-down continues on the Forum for Democratic presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye, viagra 60mg http://dcointl.com/wp-content/plugins/flexslider/classes/class-wooslider-utils.php who grudgingly lost in last week’s elections.

Police have maintained guard on the four time unsuccessful candidate, to prevent him from accessing the city center, where they fear he might cause unrest. They however are still tightlipped on how long this lock down will carry on.

Besigye on the other hand says he needs to prepare to legally challenge the presidential election results in courts of law, and has now less than 6 days to put together all the necessary evidence.

From the start of the week, Dr Besigye has been kept by police inside his Kasangati home during the night and in police cells during the day.

Last night at around 10:30pm as he was being returned from police detention back to his home, Dr Besigye said he had grown weary of this routine.

He momentarily refused to enter his house, saying that he would rather remain in police custody, than being incarcerated inside his own house.

When reached on how long this routine was likely to keep on, Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango declined to comment, referring us to the national police mouthpiece Fred Enanga who wouldn’t return our calls, as well as his deputy Polly Namaye.

The FDC party spokesperson Hon Semujju Nganda on the other hand told us they too had no idea when this business would come to an end, noting that police should be position to answer.

“There is nothing we can do to reach a compromise with police; except if you are saying that Dr Besigye should not leave his house. But you know that he has to do that every single morning,” said Nganda.

Yesterday, the United Nation expressed concern on this police clampdown on Kizza Besigye and what they termed as “tense post-election situation in Uganda.”

During a press briefing at the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, the agency’s Spokesman Cécile Pouilly said the manner in which Dr. Besigye was arrested by the security officers was horrible.

Meanwhile officials at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi were by last evening preparing to drag the police force to court for cordoning off and maintaining deployment around their offices.

Since the raid on the party offices on Monday afternoon where a number of officials were arrested, heavily armed policemen have continued to man security there.

The party officials are concerned that this has slowed down their activities in the midst of the ongoing lower level elections.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reiterated his call for support from Member States to resolve global humanitarian issues like the refugee and migrant crisis and ensuring human dignity for all, purchase http://citrusresearch.org/wp-admin/includes/theme.php during a visit to a site hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu, for sale the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“We have to give hope to young people,” said Mr. Ban on the first stop of his two-day visit. “Particularly, we have to do much more to bring all these children back to school; we have to do much more to protect human dignity and human rights of women and girls to save them, to protect them from sexual violence.”

He said he plans to meet with President Joseph Kabila and other senior Congolese Government officials to discuss all these matters tomorrow.

He spoke with women in the IDP camp in Mungote, describing the experience as “very humbling.” As Secretary-General, “I will do my best efforts, working together with the United Nations Member States,” he said.

He said his visit to IDP camps, meeting so many people, particularly young people, reminded him of when he was six years old in Republic of Korea in 1950.

“When the Korean War broke out, it was a deadly horrible war. There were millions of people killed and tens of millions had been separated, displaced. I was one of them. I had to flee,” he said, adding that the United Nations had been a “beacon of hope” then and had rescued his country “from the brink of collapse.”

Now the United Nations are doing the same, despite a lack of resources, to protect the rights of 60 million IDPs and refugees around the world, the highest number since the end of the war.

To that end, he will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May, as well as a summit on global migration and refugee issues in September.

“We need support from the Member States as the UN cannot do it alone,” he said. “No country can resolve all these issues alone.”

Responding to a question about authorities wanting to close some IDP camps in North Kivu, he said he told the Governor not to close them.

The authorities seem to be lacking resources, but the UN will work together with the local and central Governments.

“It is important to provide life-saving assistance to those people who need daily humanitarian assistance,” he said.

On 24 February, Mr. Ban will be in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, for the opening session of the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference. He is also expected to meet with President Kabila, as well
as several Government officials, and political and civil society representatives.


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