Dr. Besigye casting his vote.
Dr. Besigye casting his vote.

 

The United State Secretary of State, John Kerry says he has called President Yoweri Museveni today reminding to adhere to democratic principles and also to respect Dr. Kizza Besigye.

“The Secretary expressed his concern about the detentions of opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and harassment of opposition party members during voting and tallying, and he urged President Museveni to rein in the police and security forces, noting that such action calls into question Uganda’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation”. Reads the statement.

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Besigye, Forum for democratic Change party President, Maj.Gen.Mugisha Muntu, party national chairman Wasaw Birigwa and Secretary for Mobilisarion, Ingrid Turinawe were some of the top party officials arrested with Besigye today. The four claim they were due to address the press conference on the aftermath of elections at the party headquarters but police say they were ur to announce results from their own tally centre.

Below is the statement

Secretary Kerry’s Call with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

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Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

February 19, 2016

 

 

Secretary Kerry spoke over the phone today with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni 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.

The Secretary expressed his concern about the detentions of opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and harassment of opposition party members during voting and tallying, and he urged President Museveni to rein in the police and security forces, noting that such action calls into question Uganda’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation.

Secretary Kerry also expressed concern about the Government of Uganda’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.

Finally, the Secretary 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.