UN Watch mocks Museveni’s election victory

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni |Photo: File

A Geneva-based human rights watchdog, UN Watch, has taken to social media accusing Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of killing, torturing and silencing dissidents as a way to continue holding on to power.

In a message posted on Twitter, the United Nations Watch ridiculed the entire electoral process leading up to Museveni’s victory — and questioned its fairness amid allegations of widespread voter fraud accompanied by arbitrary arrests, internet blackouts, and intimidation.

A screenshot of the UN Watch’s post

“Congratulations to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on winning re-election after murdering, imprisoning & silencing opponents, shutting down the internet, and committing widespread voter fraud,” the group said in its statement.

Since the elections began on January 14, the president had shut down internet connections in an attempt to silence critics, opponents, and eyewitnesses from reporting electoral irregularities.

Last week, security forces cordoned off the home of prominent opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi better known as Bobi Wine, but the government denied that the police presence is part of the security protection.

Museveni declared winner amid allegations of voter fraud

Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result.

Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64%, of the total, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes (34.83%), the electoral commission said in a televised news conference.


Originally published by the Reuters