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US GOV’T SWINGS AGAINST M7 LIKE NEVER BEFORE SAYING THE BIG MAN FROM RWAKITURA IS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY

By Mulengera Reporters

The Biden Administration in the United States has swung against Gen Museveni and his other powerful officials like never before. In the latest sanctions announced by the State Department this Friday April 16th afternoon, a number of top Ugandan officials won’t be able to travel to the US again and the panicky officials at the Foreign Affairs Ministry have this evening told Mulengera News that they are fearful the indiscriminate visa denials and restrictions will be applicable to Gen Museveni, his immediate family members, powerful government officials like the IGP Okoth Ochora, EC Chairman Simon Byabakama, CMI head Abel Kandibo and key business community leaders perceive to be influential regime cronies.

This isn’t very different from how things began to gradually sour for Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe accelerating the economic crisis and his eventual political demise. “The wording of the latest travel sanctions is ambiguous implying not even the President is safe nor his immediate family and yet our biggest fear is that EU, Canada and generally North America will inevitably be following suit,” says an influential official at the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

”We have always relied on lobbyists but this time round it doesn’t seem to be working anymore. The fatigue against Ugandan officials in Washington, at State Department, the Congress and Senate is simply too much. Only God can help us now.” The same official predicted that Uganda is going to increasingly become ungovernable as the sanctions regime will most likely be deepened, a thing that among other things will gradually hurt tourism receipts and FDIs coming into the country.   

BELOW IS THE VERBATTIM OF THE US GOVT STATEMENT

The Government of Uganda’s actions during the recent electoral process undermined democracy and respect for human rights. Today I am announcing visa restrictions on those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda, including during the country’s January 14 general elections and the campaign period that preceded it.

The Government of Uganda’s actions represent a continued downward trajectory for the country’s democracy and respect for human rights as recognized and protected by Uganda’s constitution.

Opposition candidates were routinely harassed, arrested, and held illegally without charge. Ugandan security forces were responsible for the deaths and injuries of dozens of innocent bystanders and opposition supporters, as well as violence against journalists that occurred before, during, and after the elections.

Civil society organizations and activists working to support electoral institutions and transparent electoral processes have been targeted with harassment, intimidation, arrest, deportation, and spurious legal charges and denial of bank account access.

 

The government limited accreditation for international and local election observers and civil society, but those who were able to observe the process noted widespread irregularities before, during, and after the election, which have undermined its credibility. This electoral process was neither free nor fair. Nevertheless, we continue to urge all parties to renounce violence and respect freedoms of expression, assembly, and movement.

The Government of Uganda must significantly improve its record and hold accountable those responsible for flawed election conduct, violence, and intimidation. The U.S. Government will continue to evaluate additional actions against individuals complicit in undermining democracy and human rights in Uganda, as well as their immediate family members. The United States also emphasizes that we strongly support the Ugandan people, and we remain committed to working together to advance democracy and mutual prosperity for both our countries.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

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