Uganda: Opposition leader urges protests over his detention

Фев 22, 2016, 03:11

Ugandan police have put the main opposition candidate under house arrest to prevent him from leading protests as the country awaits the results of a disputed election.

"We were detained at a police station, we were brought forcefully back home, and since that time I have not been allowed to move out of my home, and people are not allowed to come inside the home either", Besigye said.

The US State Department said it was concerned by Besigye's continued house arrest and the shuttering of social media in Uganda, where Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have faced outages since election day. Museveni won more than 60 percent of the votes while Besigye got 35 percent, according to final results announced by the election commission.

Kampala remained calm Sunday following the announcement of results amid a heavy security presence. Riot police lobbed tear gas and stun grenades at them and fired warning shots from automatic rifles, then chased them through narrow alleys, arresting some.

However the USA government urged called upon Ugandans contesting the presidential results to desist from violent acts and only contest through peaceful means in accordance with Uganda's laws and judicial process.

Delays in the delivery of voting materials, reports of pre-checked ballots and vote buying, ongoing blockage of social media sites, and excessive use of force by the police, collectively undermine the integrity of the electoral process. Please see our terms of service for more information.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who led a group of Commonwealth observers, said the poll "fell short of meeting some key democratic benchmarks".

KAMPALA -President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday dismissed European Union and U.S. criticism of Uganda's presidential election, telling foreign observers not to lecture him.

Museveni and Besigye, the opposition leader, were once close, having fought together in a bush war to overthrow the country's first post-independence leader, Milton Obote.

"I want them to remain strong to remain focused on regaining our rights and the control of our country and to pause any attempt of turning us into subjects in our own country". He broke with the president in 1999, saying Museveni was no longer a democrat.

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