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 “chorus from the usage of hate speech, intimidation and violence”.
“Any electoral disputes ought to be resolved via authorized and peaceable means”, he mentioned in a statement.
One among Africa’s longest-serving leaders, Yoweri Museveni, is searching for his sixth time period in workplace, and competing towards 10 different candidates to retain the presidency, together with the favored singer Bobi Wine.
Final week, the UN human rights workplace, OHCHR, famous the “deteriorating human rights scenario” forward of Thursday’s vote, calling on the Authorities to take measures to forestall electoral violence.
OHCHR reported quite a few rights violations together with instances of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture. At the least 55 individuals had been killed in November throughout riots and protests over the arrest of Mr. Wine, whose actual title is Robert Kyagulanyi.
Based on information experiences, the European Union mentioned on Tuesday that the electoral course of had been significantly tarnished by means of extreme pressure.
In a tv tackle on Tuesday, President Museveni mentioned that overseas companions didn’t perceive that Uganda’s power got here from the ruling Nationwide Resistance Motion (NRM), the military and the economic system.
On the similar 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 accordance with information experiences., Uganda’s communications regulator ordered telecoms corporations to dam entry to messaging and social media apps, shortly after Fb mentioned that it had closed “pretend” accounts, it mentioned had been linked to the Authorities.
A plea for ‘most restraint’
In his assertion, Secretary-Common Guterres referred to as on the Ugandan authorities, notably the safety forces, to “present most restraint throughout this era and act in accordance with established human rights rules”.
He concluded by reiterating the UN’s dedication “to help the nation’s efforts to advertise sustainable growth and construct a affluent future”.