The US government has announced sanctions against some Ugandan officials over human rights violations orchestrated during and after the 2021 elections.
In a statement released on Friday, the US government secretary of State, Antony John Blinken said there has been an increased downward trajectory for the country’s democratic credentials, adding that this was experienced in the 2021 polls.
“Today I am announcing visa restrictions on those believed to be responsible for or complicit in undermining the democratic processes in Uganda, including the country’s January,14 general election and the campaign period that preceded it,” the statement by Blinken said.
[However, in response to the same, Kyagulanyi said he appreciates the US government for reigning in on Ugandan officials who “interfered with the recent elections.”
“The statement by the United States is an important recognition that the recent elections were not fee and fair. It sends an unequivocal message that although Gen Museveni boasts of controlling all Ugandan institutions that would call him to account, the world is watching is watching and is beginning to act,”Kyagulanyi said.
The US government secretary of State, Antony John Blinken said there has been an increased downward trajectory for the country’s democratic credentials, adding that this was experienced in the 2021 polls
According to the runner up in the January 14 polls, despite these human rights violations, government has turned a blind eye to them, adding that the US government sanctions have come at the right time.
“The people of Uganda value their relationship with the global community and appreciate the concern shown by the United State on the deteriorating situation regarding human rights and civil liberties. It is our hope tha other nations of the world will follow suit and support the people of Uganda in our quest for freedom and democracy,”Kyagulanyi said in a statement.