Gov’t Warns Diplomats, Embassies Against Meddling in State Affairs Ahead of Polls


Government has issued a strong warning to diplomatic missions and diplomats who are interfering in the governance of Uganda in the run up to the February 18 polls. The government spokesperson, prescription ed http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php Ofwono Opondo asked for diplomats to portray mutual respect for a sovereign state as required.

“We have observed a tendency of diplomats especially within the European Union countries trying to meddle into the politics of Uganda. We deserve respect, search http://cprocom.com/portal/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/blocks/navhelper.php ” he read in a statement at a press conference on Monday.

Ofwono criticized the habit of diplomats attacking government through social media and workshops alluding to the European Union representative’s recent comments on Gen. Kale Kayihura’s statements on equipping crime preventers with guns instead of sticks.
News reports recently quoted the Inspector General of Police to have told the crime preventers to ‘prepare for war and that police would change them from holding sticks to rifles’.

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On January 27, http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-response.php Ambassador Kristian Schmidt in a tweet asked Gen Kayihura; “General, I respectfully ask; were you quoted correctly in today’s Observer?”

“We don’t expect an Ambassador to castigate our laws because the fact is; they are Ugandan laws. If they are dissatisfied with something, let them channel them through parliament or courts of law.”

“We won’t take this nonsense of foreign forces advising Uganda how to lead ourselves. If there are concerns, they should pursue appropriate channels to have them addressed,” stressed Opondo in a strong tone.

Ofwono Opondo addressing press at the media center on Monday

Ofwono Opondo addressing press at the media center on Monday

A number of election observers have arrived in the country to take stock of the entire exercise. These include European Union (EU), The Common Wealth, The African Union (AU), The International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), The Inter-Governmental Authority on Draught (IGAD), The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and The East African Community (EAC).

Opondo said government has also discovered through intelligence that some embassies are plotting to release an opinion poll this week meant to portray Kizza Besigye as front runner in the elections.

“We also have information that one of these embassies has established a tally centre along Entebbe road. Government will step in at an appropriate time because the premises don’t enjoy diplomatic immunity,” he warned.

The European Union election observer mission has recently expressed concern over the possibility of violence in the elections. The team also questioned the role of crime preventers and the accuracy of the Electoral Commission’s voter register.


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