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Amama Mbabazi’s camp has claimed that its important witnesses in a petition challenging the election victory of president Museveni are targeted for harassment and forced disappearance.

“As we gather evidence to back our election petition; we are deeply concerned about increasing number of reports about disappearances, visit this site story http://datedgear.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/content-widget-product.php imprisonment and harassment of TDA (U), viagra 40mg http://defur.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-deprecated.php Go Forward supporters, agents, witnesses, key opposition supporters and other concerned citizens,” said the pressure group’s Chief of Staff, Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe on Thursday.

“People that witnessed electoral malpractices are being targeted for elimination because of the roles they are projected to play in the election petition by Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi challenging the outcome of the Presidential Elections held on 18th February 2016.”

ChimpReports could not obtain an immediate response from police on the matter.

Solome did not specify whether which security agency was suspected of harassing their supporters.

She, however, maintains that police have been notified about the incidences.

Solome revealed that this past Monday, 6 polling agents from Nabweru and Kakiri in Wakiso district, who were heading to Kololo in a Toyota Noah registration number UAP 710N and in possession of original Declaration of Results Forms went missing.

She claimed the forms were “part of the evidence for the election petition,” adding, “The vehicle was last seen along Hoima road at 4.00pm that Monday evening.”

Solome said the vehicle was yesterday morning found vandalized and abandoned near Temangalo in Wakiso District and that the whereabouts of the six occupants along with the Declaration Forms that were in their possession are not known. “Police has been notified about the incidence and we await their response,” she noted.

Mbabazi is challenging the February 18 election outcome in the Supreme Court. He claims massive disfranchisement of voters, rigging and actions of state security agencies worked in the favour of the incumbent, a suggestion NRM leaders deny.

Solome said Mbabazi’s camp suspects that the alleged disappearances are “acts of sabotage by agents of the state aimed at harassment, instilling fear and interfering with the due process of court.”

She added: “Such acts are meant to destroy credible evidence that supports the election petition and also intimidate other conscious citizens who want to submit such evidence. We condemn these acts.”

Mbabazi, who was previously seen as a stronger challenger of his former boss, obtained a paltry 1.5 percent.

President Museveni retained his position with 60 percent of the total vote count while opposition ironman Dr Besigye scored 35 percent.

FDC President Mugisha Muntu says the party is yet to hold discussions with Mbabazi on the petition in the Supreme Court, saying, “we will not rush into anything.”
The United States has urged the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to free 2, online http://chernichovsky.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php 000 political prisoners and lift ban on media.

A statement released by the Department of States on Wednesday also hailed the appointment of former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa by the East African Community Heads of State Summit yesterday in Arusha to facilitate the Burundi dialogue.

Mkapa will report to President Museveni who is the mediator of the crisis.

“The United States urges prompt action by the Government of Burundi to implement President Nkurunziza’s promise to release at least 2, http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-site-settings-endpoint.php 000 detainees. We also call upon the Government of Burundi to lift all restrictions on media, create conditions for citizens to safely express dissenting views, and drop charges against and release political opponents,” part of the statement reads in part.

The EAC has been at the forefront of resolving the bloody internal conflict in its small member state since last year when Nkurunziza sought a controversial and hugely contested third term in office.

“We welcome the signs of intensified regional and international commitment to resolving the Burundi crisis. This includes the appointment of former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa as the full-time facilitator for the regionally mediated dialogue and recent commitments by the Government of Burundi to the UN and African Union (AU) to release political prisoners and allow independent monitors,” the statement added.

“The US also recognizes the AU High Level Delegation’s success in securing the Government of Burundi’s acceptance of 200 AU human rights and security observers, and we urge the government to allow these officials complete and free access to perform their duties by signing the memorandum of understanding associated with their deployment without delay.”

The Burundi crisis has claimed hundreds of lives according to human rights bodies and displaced hundreds of thousands to the neighbouring countries.

The Super Power also wants immediate resumption of peace talks.

“The United States looks forward to the East African Community immediately announcing a date for the resumption of dialogue with all stakeholders, both those inside and outside the country.”

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