By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The embassy of the United States of America has condemned the excessive use of force by security forces against National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, his supporters and journalists on Wednesday.
It should be noted that in recent months, especially during the ongoing campaigns, there has been increased use of excessive force by security forces towards political leaders and their supporters, especially those from the opposition.
This has been condemned by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), human rights organisations, donors, and embassies of foreign countries in Uganda urging the security authorities to practice restraint and fairness in the way they carry out their operations.
The latest to come out about this force is the United States of America embassy in Uganda which has condemned the excessive force towards National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine yesterday in Kalangala, that ledt over 50 of his supporters and journalists arrested during his campaign trail in Kalangala islands.
“Today’s disproportionate deployment of force, seizure of a political party leader, group detentions, and harassment of journalists are not the sign of security forces who care about democracy and the future of the Ugandan people,” the Embassy tweeted.
On Sunday December 27, 2020, President Yoweri Museveni held a private meeting with the US ambassador to Uganda Natalie Brown at his home in Rwakitura. In attendance was Adoniya Ayebare, Uganda’s permanent representative to the UN.
The details of their discussions were not divulged to the public.