Election 2016

US Secretary of State Calls Museveni With Election Concerns

US Secretary of State John Kerry

The Executive Director Oxfam International Mrs Winnie Byanyima sees no dissimilarity between yesterday February 18th presidential and parliamentary elections from those of 1980, search http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/gplus-authorship.php which sparked the 5 year war that ushered in the current National Resistance Movement government.

The situation only hours after the general elections continues to put to question the firm promises of post election serenity, http://crossfitgoalsetting.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php made by the country’s security organizations and incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

Business in Kampala remains remarkably slow, with most shops closed and a presence of heavily armed police and military men as well as fierce armored vehicles roaming the streets.

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Mrs Winnie Byanyiima, who is also wife to opposition Presidential Candidate Dr Kizza Besigye made the comparison after her husband was arrested from his party offices in the Najjanankumbi on Friday afternoon.

Besigye was by publication time still being held at Naggalama Police together with the FDC president Gen Mugisha Muntu and chief mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe.

“How different is this election from the 1980 one which was the reason Museveni gave for waging a costly 5-year civil war?,” tweeted Byanyima.

The said December 1980 elections were won by UPC’s Dr Milton Obote amidst accusations of widespread rigging by Museveni’s Uganda Patriotic Movement.

Weeks later, Museveni who had guerrilla war experience with the Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in Mozambique organized a few dozen men and took to the bush to start the protracted civil war which they won in 1986.

Mrs Byanyima like several other opposition leaders and observers contests the credibility of yesterday’s polling exercise.

Citing the several ministers and NRM officials who lost in the polls, she questioned how Museveni could be leading with 62% in the preliminary results.

The ruling party maintains however, that while the electoral commission erred especially on delivering polling materials on time, the rest of the exercise was relatively peaceful.
In the midst of growing fears of post election instability as police and the army continue the clump down on dissatisfied members of the opposition, ed http://causestudio.co/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php the United States Secretary of State John Kerry has called President Yoweri Museveni to for discussion.

Kerry according to a statement by Department of State spoke with Museveni on phone “to underscore that Uganda’s progress depends on adherence to democratic principles in the ongoing election process and that the United States stands by the Ugandan people as they undertake this most essential democratic endeavor.”

Kerry expressed concern about the detentions of opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and harassment of opposition party members during voting and tallying.

The Secretary urged President Museveni to rein in the police and security forces, http://concernedafricascholars.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skins.php noting that such action calls into question Uganda’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation.

President Museveni yesterday after casting his vote in Kiruhura district stressed that violence after the election by the opposition would not be tolerated, promising to lock the perpetrators in a “deep freezer”

Secretary Kerry also expressed concern about the Government’s decision to block several popular social media and mobile money sites starting on Election Day, and he urged President Museveni to end this blockage immediately.

He noted the delay in the opening of many polling stations. Secretary Kerry said he was encouraged that the Electoral Commission is taking steps to extend polling for certain areas.

 

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