The United States has warned political parties, candidates, and supporters who intend to instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the 2021 elections.
The warning comes a few weeks after police and other security agencies raided the offices of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and arrested scores of supporters. The supporters were later produced before City Hall magistrate over charges of donning security related attire.
Uganda will in 2021 go to the polls to elect a president, Members of Parliament and local council leaders. The United States government reaffirmed that they don’t support any specific candidate or party in Uganda’s upcoming elections.
“The United States supports the democratic process itself. As Secretary Pompeo recently stated, we are committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. This includes ensuring the safety of all candidates, respect for the rule of law, and the impartiality of the authorities in charge of managing the elections,” the embassy said.
According to a statement released by the US Embassy in Uganda, they will not hesitate to consider consequences for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process.
“Delivering a free, fair, inclusive, and peaceful election is vital to Uganda’s democracy and international reputation as a strong and stable regional leader. We call on all political parties, candidates, and supporters to promote a peaceful and transparent electoral process. We support those working to achieve that goal,” the statement reads in part.
“The United States, along with other democratic countries, will pay close attention to actions of individuals and organizations who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections. We will not hesitate to consider consequences for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process.”
They reaffirmed their commitment to working in partnership with Uganda to strengthen its democratic institutions, ensure freedom of expression, and promote an open political environment.