As the people of Uganda are prepared to choose their next leader on January 14, the incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, says he has no doubt he will win the election by an overwhelming margin.
“Two days to victory,” declared Uganda’s long-term President— who has ruled with an iron fist for more than three decades.
Museveni faces stiff opposition from a 38-year-old musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known by his stage name as Bobi Wine.
With only two days left for Ugandans to exercise their constitutional rights, the United States is concerned about reports of intimidation and repression against civil society groups.
“The U.S. government remains concerned over disturbing signs that civic space is closing. With the election only days away, restrictions on civil society organizations (CSOs), delayed accreditation of domestic observers by the Electoral Commission, and interference with non-partisan voter education programming funded by Uganda’s international democratic partners have raised serious concerns about Uganda’s preparedness for a transparent, inclusive election,” said U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown.
“We remain particularly concerned over how Ugandan institutions continue to block the bank accounts of several reputable and well-known CSOs, on questionable bases, preventing their important work on voter education, domestic election observation, public dialogues, and tracking and preventing election-related violence.”
“These are globally accepted non-partisan elections activities funded by the U.S., the European Union, and other international partners who are merely supporting the Ugandan people in living up to their own constitutionally mandated election standards.”
In recent months, more than 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the wake of an altercation between the Ugandan police and supporters of Bobi Wine.